‘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
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult