Want Books: Girl Defective

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I just finished reading a lovely Aussie YA novel, All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield, and it left me craving for more beautifully written books from the land down under. I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Girl Defective by Simmone Howell so I’m really curious about it. I haven’t had a chance to read any of Simmone Howell’s novels and this seems like a good one to start with. I like the idea of inverse superheroes and that this book seems to be about family and friendship, two of the things I enjoy reading about.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Girl DefectiveWe, the Martin family, were like inverse superheroes, marked by our defects. Dad was addicted to beer and bootlegs. Gully had “social difficulties” that manifested in his wearing a pig snout mask 24-7. I was surface clean but underneath a weird hormonal stew was simmering…

It’s summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother – Super Agent Gully – is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who bricked the shop window. Bill the Patriarch seems content to drink while the shop slides into bankruptcy. A poster of a mysterious girl and her connection to Luke, the tragi-hot new employee sends Sky on an exploration into the dark heart of the suburb. Love is strange. Family Rules. In between there are teenage messes, rock star spawn, violent fangirls, creepy old guys and accidents waiting to happen. If the world truly is going to hell in a hand-basket then at least the soundtrack is kicking. Sky Martin is Girl Defective: funny, real and dark at the edges.

I have a feeling I’d go bankrupt if I ever get to visit Australia because I’d want to buy as many books as I can. What about you, what book is at the top of your wishlist?

7 thoughts on “Want Books: Girl Defective

    • I like how the cover looks like graffiti art, it makes it look edgy. I wonder if it matches the story. I should probably try ordering from Fishpond one of these days, it’s just that I have such a hard time deciding what to get.

  1. Ooh, what did you think of All I Ever Wanted? I’ve wanted to read that since Nomes’s review. I haven’t read much Aussie fiction lately.

    • I really liked All I Ever Wanted, I thought the writing was just lovely. I’ll try to write a review of it soon but as always, I’m behind on reviews.

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