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The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes

Title: The Whole of My World

Author: Nicole Hayes

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t realise that this book was set in the late 80s/early 90s until the protagonist, Shelley, used a scrunchy to put her hair up. The mention of Jason Donovan was the next hint. The story though, of girl grieving for the life she lost and looking desperately for a future, is timeless.

The Whole of My World is beautifully written and transports the reader into the passionate world of Australian Rules Football, a world that Shelley Brown is seeking refuge in after the death of her mother two years earlier, and changing to a private Catholic school where she has only managed to make a single, equally troubled, friend.

I’m far from an AFL fan but the strong Aussie voice and heart-rending story kept me turning pages to find out how Shelley would solve her problems and find a way to restart her life.

A really enjoyable read, especially for young adult women looking for a different sort of protagonist.

Author:

I'm a writer, reader, wife, mother and lover of chocolate. I write fiction for children and young people, as well as quality content for those who want to create meaningful engagement with their audience. You can see samples of my work at wendyallottwrites.com. I also blog at wendyallott.com, providing advice to young fiction writers.

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