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Description - A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon

HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2012

School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at and end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more. But 'The Shark' soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie - the only grandad Tiff's ever known - has quit the smokes and diagnosed himself as cactus. Then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her.

Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.

Praise for Bill Condon: 'Condon presents readers with confronting and emotive issues . Yet he still manages to weave humour, tenderness, love and mateship into the framework of the novel.' - Sun Herald

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742377308
ISBN-10: 1742377300
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 128mm x mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon - Reviewed by (05 Aug 2011)

A Straight Line To My Heart is a distinctly Australian coming-of-age story.

Tiff describes herself best as plain. She lives with elderly and tough Reggie and Bull, his son; neither are related to her. Apart from her odd living situation, she leads a fairly unremarkable life. That, however, changes dramatically over the summer after high school finishes forever for her.

Tiff will deal with the loss of loved ones, find new loved ones, puzzle over what to do with her life, but come out the other side a new, stronger person. Her voice is clear, her emotions impossible not to sympathise with, her journey both inspiring and very relatable.

A Straight Line To My Heart sang to the part of me who loves out-of-the-ordinary, non-traditional relationships. Tiff's connections with her family and her friends and one Davey (swoony in how relatable, awkward and goofy he is) were heart-warming and touching. The relationships, like the rest of the novel, was refreshingly original.

Written in such an expert fashion, so easily incorporating realistic Australian colloquial language, this book made me, notorious hater of Aussie slang, warm to the characters. It also created a three-dimensional setting that never resigned to the background, but stayed in the forefront of the story.

Concluded with a sweet ending that will make you take turns crying and grinning, this was a simply lovely contemporary novel.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes their books short and sweet, and especially to fellow Australians (and extra-especially to non-Australians who enjoy Australian books -- it gives a very realistic look into a typical Australian lifestyle).

I give A Straight Line To My Heart a 5 out of 5.

Book Review: Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon - Reviewed by (03 Aug 2011)

Bill Condon writes wryly moving novels that speak to the heart of family and the teenage experience. His previous novels have dealt with dysfunctional families, naive Catholic adolescents in the 50s, unusual blended families, and hard things to talk about like family violence and grief. In A Straight Line to my Heart, Tiff lives with Reggie and Bull. The kindness of strangers has saved the younger Tiff from an orphanage. Reggie’s family are friends of Tiff’s aunt, who is unable to care for the little girl, and they take Tiff in and love her as their own. And Tiff repays their love with her own deep and profound love of them. This story opens as Tiff visits the library, her sanctuary of quiet familiarity at a time of change and upheaval in her life. Tiff and Kayla have just finished their last year of school, and their lives are in a state of flux. A young man approaches Tiff in the library, and Tiff is drawn to him in a way that she doesn’t understand. There are a number of conflicting and overlapping story lines in this novel – friendship, family, adult- and childhood, first love, grief and change, and Condon handles them all with aplomb and heartfelt authenticity.

Book Review: Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon - Reviewed by (25 Jul 2011)

A Straight Line to my Heart is a book about young adult Tiff who is just out of school, forever, and looking about her for a different reason, the wonderment of wat she's going to do next. She's got a job at the local newspaper, which is she hoping will lead to more... if only she could be left alone. But tat's not where the book starts, it in fact starts in one of Tiff's favourite places- the local library where she is delving into the pages of Wutering Heights when her sancutary is distrubed by the appearance of a boy looking for the lavitry. And even though Tiff trys to go back into the story, she can't and instead finds herself wondering after the boy... will he come back... who is he... even though he's not exactly what she'd typically call cute, he is interesting and is is more than pleased when he returns But will this mysterious boy stay around, or leave Tiff alone...

I didn't personally like this, I found that I couldn't connect with the characters and found that the story wasn't written to my personal tastes... though I'm sure it's for amny others!

Author Biography - Bill Condon

Bill Condon was born in 1949 and lives with his wife Dianne (Di) Bates, also a children's author, in the seaside town of Woonona, on the south coast of New South Wales. He left school at the first chance he got and worked in an assortment of jobs before a chance meeting with Larry Rivera, the editor of a local weekly newspaper, led Bill into a career as a journalist. He left journalism to devote himself full-time to writing for children, and in 2010 Bill was the winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for his book Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God. When not writing, Bill plays tennis, snooker, and Scrabble, but hardly ever at the same time. His dream is to receive a wildcard invitation to play tennis at Wimbledon - if nothing else, his knees would provide great comic relief for the spectators.

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