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My Big Birkett #2020

My Big Birkett Gemma Stone is convinced that it s always unseemly to chuck a birkett and that it s actually insane to chuck one in front of a complete stranger But that was before she fell in love with a boy who bar

  • Title: My Big Birkett
  • Author: Lisa Shanahan
  • ISBN: 9781741145878
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Big Birkett By Lisa Shanahan, Gemma Stone is convinced that it s always unseemly to chuck a birkett and that it s actually insane to chuck one in front of a complete stranger But that was before she fell in love with a boy who barely knows she exists, before she auditioned for the school play, before she met the family of freaks her sister Debbie is marrying into, before the unpredictable Raven De HeaGemma Stone is convinced that it s always unseemly to chuck a birkett and that it s actually insane to chuck one in front of a complete stranger But that was before she fell in love with a boy who barely knows she exists, before she auditioned for the school play, before she met the family of freaks her sister Debbie is marrying into, before the unpredictable Raven De Head took an interest in her, and before she realised that at the right time and for the right reason, a birkett could be a beautiful thing.A sharply observed, funny and bittersweet novel about testing your wings and finding your feet.

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    1. After having finished this book, I can t help but wonder What is it that makes Australian YA so special hilariously funny and sad at the same time but just so wonderful and capturing It s not that I ve read heaps of Australian books, but the tendency can t be denied Both Melina Marchetta and Jaclyn Moriarty are among my favourite authors and their books can t be compared to most of the other YA books I ve read in the last years which doesn t mean I didn t love those, of course Yet every time my [...]

    2. I adored this book It s funny silly grin on your face half the time you re reading it funny and it produced the occasional snort of laughter and I m not a snorter, even at the best of times It s utterly charming, really I just love Gemma, whole heartedly She s dramatic and honest and comes from a crazy but genuine Aussie family and I would so be best friends with her you would be, too When she stuffs up, I really felt that little sinking feeling in my stomach along with her.Plus, Raven De Head.S [...]

    3. I m a cranky review and I don t give 5 stars freely A book has to really, REALLY be special for me to do that And this one is just that It s wondeful.It starts as a funny story about an Aussie girl, her mildly eccentric family and her Bridezilla sister And that part IS funny the chapter where Gemma and her family meet the bridegroom s martial family is hilarious.But along the way there is a second part of the story with much to say about how we judge others, about what makes a family, about love [...]

    4. I would rate My Big Birkett 3,5 stars if I could I loved the funny style, the metaphors and the wackiness I mustn t forget to save some quotes from the first chapters and maybe from the later ones, too But I didn t expect it to be that sad and in parts hopeless, even I cannot say that the sadness doesn t fit the story Barging through the De Head family home purely on humor would gloss over too many cracks that have to be visible and ugly My heart hurts for Raven De Head, really All in all I am q [...]

    5. Gemma Stone lives in Buranderry, a small town in Australia I ve googled it and it doesn t seem that Buranderry actually exists but it sounds like it could represent many country towns all over this country.She lives with her parents and older sister Debbie who is organising her wedding with fiance, Brian She goes to the local high school, has a best friend called Jody and has a crush on Nick Lloyd Nick suggests she joins the school play, this year they are performing The Tempest and she joins so [...]

    6. 3.75 5apart from the shocking twist and abrupt ending, which i was not so fond of, i love how the author effortlessly blended the humour with the drama and that you couldn t quite pigeonhole most of the characters taking e.g raven s dad who seemed to be the villain in his family, but had his jolly moments view spoiler and also grieved like any other parent for the death of his child hide spoiler gemma she was relatable and witty for all her bluntness, but also unsufferable when looking down from [...]

    7. I love this sort of book, about life in a modern Australian family and growing up and dealing with boy girl problems, that sort of thing This was really well written and quite gripping in places, and very funny too My only beef with it was that sometimes I think the author tried a little bit TOO hard to play on the reader s emotions and didn t quite get the right balance It felt a bit cheesy sometimes, like she was laying it on a little thick Still A great read EDIT I ve just re read this and ha [...]

    8. At First Sight After her sister Debbie drops the bombshell that she s marrying her boyfriend of one month, things start to get a little crazy for fourteen year old Gemma Stone She s asked to be a flower girl at the wedding, and to wear a swan costume She gets asked by her crush to audition for the school play even though she s sure that he otherwise doesn t know who she is, and if she famously throws up when she has to speak in public and catches the eye of Raven, one of the De Head boys The De [...]

    9. 3.5 5It s sweet, cute and ridiculously over the top Her family is so out there that it s a wonder Gemma didn t throw fits or birketts as she calls them than she did The characters are absolutely darling though, and Gemma, the most darling of all The best thing and worse thing about her, is how aware she was She knew precisely who her family was and what they could be She was also perfectly aware of how she could act and what she ought not do The sad thing was despite this knowing, she could beh [...]

    10. Diversity Rating 0 What Diversity Racial Ethnic 0QUILTBAG 0Disability 0Intersectionality 1 Raven s family lives in near poverty I don t know how many people will agree with me, but I think Australia is the Florida of the continents Florida the US state renowned for the weird news stories that emerge from its swamps Australia renowned for how everything can kill you Both are considered weird places Logical, right Well, both can also produce great things Florida has me and my school never mind I w [...]

    11. The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It is a bit of a mouthful In fact, I absolutely can not keep track of the title, but the story on the other hand, has been tagging along in the back of my brain all day.This book is magnificent The title may be a mouthful but it tells all I could not keep the grin off my face and the dialogue and family quirks and the off beat but fantastic De Head family, kept me laughing even at times when I was feeling like I might cry Gemma Stone is [...]

    12. Now let me begin this review with a picture of Bjork and her famous swan dress because I am certain it was an inspiration for writing this book Was anyone else picturing the swan dress as Bjork s PIt was hard to give this book a rating Although I really enjoyed the story line and had some great chuckles along the way, there are some issues within that prevent me from giving it a full 3 5 liked it vote , so I m giving it 2.5 between OK and Like I also have to admit I did expect it to be better th [...]

    13. Sometimes cover judging gets me into trouble.Sometimes, I am just plain wrong.I judged this cover negatively I really thought it looked corny and extremely girly I mean, it s all pink and bubbly Blek I am somewhat girly, but I m just not a big fan of girly girl, chick lit books And, that is exactly what I thought this was going to be.But, I had seen so many positive reviews and the synopsis seemed decent, so I thought I d give it a go.I m glad I did I love being pleasantly suprised My main thoug [...]

    14. Surprisingly funny book was it the wit in general or a particular style of Aussie humor I m not sure, but I do know I laughed aloud several times in the first 30 pages, particularly as people chucked birketts while the Stones meet the soon to be in law Websters Gemma Stone thinks she can t speak in front of people but discovers that she actually has a dramatic flair, as long as she s speaking as someone else She tries out for the school play, Shakespeare s The Tempest, to be close to her crush N [...]

    15. Every reason I still read YA is perfectly contained in this one book I can t even begin to describe the journey from loud guffaws in the beginning pages to the constant sobs throughout the ending chapters Is it an Australian author thing or what All the characters are distinctly drawn Raven and Gemma understandably fleshed out than the others The wacky cast almost verges on caricatures but sudden bursts of human weaknesses grounds them in a way few writers can pull off From Nick s almost detach [...]

    16. I don t know what happened, but somewhere in the middle I lost it I appreciate that the plot aims to be unpredictable, but the spontaneity is a little too much for me to handle.

    17. Book Review of The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost it by Lisa Shanahan In The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely lost it, Lisa Shanahan tells the story of a girl named Gemma, and how crazy her life is with school, boys, and her family The reader follows her through the struggles with her sister Debbie and the three R s, Rochelle, Renee, and Rachael They are also led through decisions that Gemma has to make about two important guys in her life, Nick and Rav [...]

    18. I got this book as a birthday present about 2 or 3 years ago from relatives in Australia,and didn t know entirely what to make of it The cover art and typeface were a little unusual to me, and the origami instructions at the start of every chapter baffled me The whole thing seemed a little serious for my liking, so I put off reading it but when I did get round to it, I had the shock of my life I had been utterly deceived lurking between those unusual covers was a brilliant little story.Gemma Sto [...]

    19. 3.5 4 stars I definitely have to say this book is very different from my usual cup of tea , but I thought it was a pretty good book, actually The characters are very unusual Which I actually kind of like , in their lifestyle, actions, etc I liked both Gemma and Raven most, I think, because I can relate to both Gemma and Raven s unstable and crazy lives But, there lives are very different as well Gemma Stone has that typical teenage personality, with the coming of age plot her family is typical, [...]

    20. I wasn t expecting anything from this book, as I decided to read it without reading the blurb Yes I do this quite often solely because I liked the title when recommended it.I have to admit that I wasn t disappointed.It was funny, witty, sad and kind of an eye opener all at the same time, which is kind of surreal if you ask me Though I couldn t fathom the lead protagonist Gemma s behavior in places Like view spoiler when she starts crying after the bawl at Raven s house I was like, Get a grip gir [...]

    21. I absolutely loved this book With a 14 year old girl who seems to be in a whirwind of situations For firsts, her perfectionist sister is getting married and she is stuck helping her do everything, then she trys out for a school play to get noticed by her crush, which is a jerk, and instead of getting closer to him, she gets stuck with a trouble maker Raven, who has a family full of worse trouble makers than him I fell in love with this book and Raven There is some Aussie slang that I did not une [...]

    22. Gemma Stone, age 14, is having trouble coping Among her list of problems her sister, Debbie, is getting married to a boy whose family is war obsessed her major crush is the crush of at least ten other girls she has auditioned for the school play despite her fear of public speaking and the school bad boy, Raven De Head, has taken a special interest in her Gemma is forced to take action, determined to stop all of this nonsense, but at the end of the day, nonsense isn t always a bad thing The Sweet [...]

    23. I only picked up this book out of interest But boy, if I hadn t of picked it up, I seriously wouldn t have been able to live with myself This book was epic it made me laugh so many times and I still laugh now when I think about the book The sotry was also fanscinating it had such a addicting story line And whats makes it the best was becuase it was written by an AUSTRALIAN WRITER That just made the story funny and likeable I just could not belive that I almost put this book pack on the shelf Th [...]

    24. I really liked this book I wasn t able to put it down I liked how Raven liked her and joined drama because Gemma was It was awesome that it was Gemma who changed Raven and made him a better person I want to be that person to someone someday It was sad how Maggie had to die because of that explosion, but it was honorable because he was protecting Raven It was still sad though Nick was a jerk by switching the drinks at the after party after their last performance If Gemma were sober during the mom [...]

    25. This book puts an interesting spin on the typical high school characters the popular boy, the akward girl, and the rebel For once we finally get to see inside the home of the rebel and hear from people in the rebel s family about their position as outcasts in the community.I rolled my eyes a little at the shakespeare plot lines, but it might give a student some understanding of the difficult text.This book is worth your child reading because it addresses social labels and how they truely effect [...]

    26. I was very surprised by this book I thought it was going to be really chicky and fluffy But it was actually very meaningful There were a couple of laugh out loud moments, which I love, and it was almost like the book was alot of different stories pieced together to make one full story It was really interesting watching the main character grow as a person, because she changed alot throughout the course of the story I really enjoyed this book, and it really made me think Thanks for letting me borr [...]

    27. I didn t like it, it had too much Australian slang in it and I didn t understand some of it s words so it just left me confused.I couldn t even finished it This book is horrible, not for my taste

    28. I read this in one sitting and it was WONDERFUL I love how thoroughly, wholeheartedly Australian it is Only four out of five because some bits didn t quite make it, but on the whole WONDERFUL.

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