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Sunday 15 June 2014

Review: Girl Defective

Sky (aka Skylark) lives with her little brother Gully (who wears a pig mask 24/7) and dad above their record shop. While her dad struggles to keep the vinyl business alive and Gully spends his out-of-school hours being Secret Agent Gully, Sky would rather be finding her own kind of people and hanging out with Nancy.

‘Before Nancy, I never smoked or drank, what I knew about sex you could ice on a cupcake.’ Sky’s emotions and longings also awaken through the alluring, more experienced Nancy’s influence. 

When someone throws a brick through the shop window, Gully’s detective antics ramp up and when a cute guy starts working at the shop Sky has more than enough to contend with, but when Nancy goes AWOL, Sky is forced to do a little detecting of her own.

What ever happened to the girl in the “Missing” posters? Is her disappearance linked to Nancy’s departure? And what has the cute guy got to do with the missing girl?

Sky lets us in to her ‘all’. She shares the occasional wry smile and her heart-pounding  moments. Simmone Howell’s words flow like water: sometimes poetic, sometimes gritty, always close to the heart.

Girl Defective is a wonderful coming-of-age mystery.

Title: Girl Defective
Author: Simmone Howell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, $16.95
Publication Date: 1 March 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780330426176
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult