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Between Us #2020

Between Us Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed wire fences and a political wilderness between them Anahita is passionate curious and determined She is also an Ira

  • Title: Between Us
  • Author: Clare Atkins
  • ISBN: 9781760640217
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Between Us By Clare Atkins, Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed wire fences and a political wilderness between them Anahita is passionate, curious and determined She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a regular Australian girl.Jono needs the distractionIs it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed wire fences and a political wilderness between them Anahita is passionate, curious and determined She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a regular Australian girl.Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation In the past year his mum has walked out, he s been dumped and his sister has moved away Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he s been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny.Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust Who is this girl, really What is her story Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes

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    1. Jonathan Do is the biracial son of an Australian mother and Vietnamese immigrant single father, living within the parched landscape of Darwin in the Northern Territory Jonathan disinterested in his education and preferring intoxication rather than accountability, choosing to isolate himself from his estranged mother living in Sydney The relationship Jonathan shares with his father is distant and impersonal, preferring the company of Minh, Dzoung s sister After the collapse of his relationship wi [...]

    2. Reading the last few pages of Between Us has left me feeling helpless and powerless I want everyone to read this book now.

    3. What I loved was how all three of the main characters in this book are People of Colour It would ve been just as easy for Atkins to write Jono and Kenny as white, but since Atkins herself is a biracial Vietnamese Australian, I think it s safe to assume that Jono s cultural background and heritage were a nod to her own.What I didn t love so much view spoiler There is no closure, there is no closure, there is no closure URGHHHH I m so disappointed I really loved Ana and Jono as a couple, and I und [...]

    4. Sydney book launch details Thursday 15 February at 6.30pmBecher House, Asylum Seeker Centre43 Bedford St NewtownRSVP betterreadevents prod

    5. I read this all in one day The start of the story quickly places the reader in the middle of events, and it s really fast and easy to get into I liked reading from Ana s POV the best, she was sensitive, caring and her story was really upsetting Her experience in Iran, from the free underground to the violence, was quite eye opening And, her life in Wickham Point, and also comparing it with Nauru and Christmas Island I felt like Jono, learning it all for the first time.Jono was a little dense abo [...]

    6. CW Death, blood.I really enjoyed this book I thought that every character was really well thought out, and the story was interesting and full of emotion all through the book.I really loved how much I learnt from Between Us I ve never really known much about the refugee situation here in Australia, so I m really glad I read this book There was a heap of information in here, but it never felt like it was just information, if that makes sense It really fit into and helped the story progress, in my [...]

    7. I love reading second novels by young Australian authors as they are so often better than their first book CBCA shortlisted Nona and Me was a delight to read and I think Between Us is much accomplished Set in Darwin around the plight of asylum seekers it is a story demanding to be heard The voices of our two main characters are genuine and urgent Jono, the son of a Vietnamese single father who works as a guard at the detention centre, is a bit lost and recovering from depression Ana, an Iranian [...]

    8. I received my copy of Between Us by Clare Atkins from a giveaway I thoroughly enjoyed this book The characters were so believable and I could identify with them Atkins has an excellent skill in character portrayal, with a minimum of words she is able to place the reader right in the middle of the plot, feeling along with the main characters The reader is slowly exposed to the traumas and inhumane conditions of detention Rather than lecturing us we become aware of the issues faced by refugees as [...]

    9. I started crying about half way through, and didn t stop until the end This is an absolutely beautiful book that perfectly describes the lives of asylum seekers, and the way that indefinite incarceration can impact not only the detainees, but also the insidious way that it can influence the guards of detention centres A heartbreaking story of young love and mental health breakdowns Highly recommended.

    10. All of us are only a natural or civil disaster away from being a refugee Atkins new book does not deal in false hope It s focused on bringing the stories of detainees and their orbit to young readers awareness and I particularly liked Atkins use of verse versus narrative to express the really rough parts of her characters experience.

    11. A book for the ages A poignant look at the real struggles that surround society, and the need to stop turning a blind eye.

    12. A beautifully written story of an emotional journey about trying to fit in to a world that will never understand you It humanises an issue that most of us try so hard to ignore.

    13. I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone I loved the style of writing and how it changes with how the characters are feeling I loved the ending 5 stars.

    14. In case your young adult thought the US was the only country with a refugee crisis of conscience and action, this story from Australia will correct that notion Jono is an Australian citizen whose father was a legal immigrant as a young adult Anahita is an Iranian refugee currently stuck in the limbo of a detention facility Atkins lovingly portrays the complicated relationships between relatively recent immigrants and new refugees in crisis, between parents and teens, and between countries and re [...]

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