High School in Aussie YA | #LoveOzYABloggers
Today I am participating in #LoveOZYA first #LoveOzYABloggers meme. It’s a fortnightly feature that promotes Aussie YA, with a new theme every time. This week’s theme is High School.
So today I thought I would share three of my favourite Aussie YA books that feature high school. There is obviously a lot more. But, here are some that I have loved over the last couple of years.
There is something that really happens to me when I read books set in Australia that feature high school. It feels like home. And I know that sounds so wired. But for so many years I was reading about a school system that I had no idea about. I just went along with it and tried not to focus too much on the school elements. But, then I started reading YA with Aussie schools and gosh it worked so well.
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub: Here we see a real focus on coming of age, of finishing high school and I loved it. The Yearbook Committee follows five very different students as they come together to complete the yearbook for the end of year 12. This book is full of friendships, breakdowns, romance, family and everything else. With a real focus on their last year of school. The reader gets to see the highs and lows of someone leaving high school and going into the big world. Don’t forget to check out my review and my interview with Sarah Ayoub.
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil: I really enjoy this one as we get to see those in the middle of their high school journey – sorta. Life in Outer Space follows protagonist Sam Kinnison and his geeky ways. He loves horror movies, writes movie scripts and doesn’t care much for girls, but then Camilla comes into his life – and well, things start to change. The reader is able to witness mundane things in an Aussie high school and it was just great | Life in Outer Space Review, The Secret Science of Magic Review.
When Micheal Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah: This one is a little different, although it focuses on racism and asylum seekers, we do get a bit of focus on private schools in Australia. When Michael Met Mina follows protagonists Michael and Mina as they go on a journey of friendship, love, hardships of being different from everyone else. They learn to stand up for themselves, each other and what they believe in | Review.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are some of your favourite #LoveOzYA books set in High School? Let’s Chat!
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