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A sharply-observed, unflinching story for teenagers about the ins and outs of friendship among girls; a story about individuals and peer groups, about power and freedom, about the painful getting of...
A sharply-observed, unflinching story for teenagers about the ins and outs of friendship among girls; a story about individuals and peer groups, about power and freedom, about the painful getting of...
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  • A sharply-observed, unflinching story for teenagers about the ins and outs of friendship among girls; a story about individuals and peer groups, about power and freedom, about the painful getting of wisdom and self-knowledge.

    'Every school has one. They are ugly or fat. They have scars or acne or birthmarks. Or maybe it's just something about them that doesn't quite fit with our video-hits view of how teenagers should be?

    We are mean to them. We ridicule them. We make monsters of them. We don't want to stand near them or sit next to them.

    Perdita was one of those. If you had asked me how I felt about her I would have said that I hated her, but I couldn't have told you why.'

    Megan is one of the leaders of the in-group. She wouldn't dream of talking to Perdita, 'the Freak'. But when they are thrown together in detention, she finds herself drawn into a spiky, challenging almost-friendship. Megan then faces an uncomfortable choice: Perdita or the group?

    Alyssa Brugman's first novel, Finding Grace, has been widely and warmly acclaimed for its humour and freshness. In Walking Naked she has written sharply observed, unflinching story about the ins and outs of girls' friendships, the power of words and poetry and the painful getting of wisdom.

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  • Alyssa Brugman is Communications Manager for a non-profit training and employment organisation. Her first novel, Finding Grace, was published by Allen + Unwin in 2001 to critical acclaim. This is her second.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 16, 2004
    Megan Tuw and her friends are "smart, funny, pretty: everything you could want to be," but when Megan ends up in detention with the high school pariah, Perdita Wiguiggan, she begins to learn that the Freak has something the members of her clique lack. While their surreptitious friendship widens narrator Megan's limited perspective (poetry-obsessed Perdita takes her to a university course and to her abusive home), it also creates escalating tension between Megan and her girlfriends. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Australian author Brugman (here making her U.S. debut) does create a realistic, and chilling, peer group (Megan's friends hold "interventions" to keep one another in line over matters as trivial as hairstyle, and organize a "freedom of expression" protest when an older boy is arrested for streaking). Readers will also appreciate that Perdita is not just misunderstood, but truly weird ("Keep your breath to cool your porridge, Kitty," she says when Megan tries to explain why they can't hang out at school). Though the friendship between the two never quite reaches the same level of realism, readers will empathize with Perdita, and with Megan when she is ultimately forced to choose. Into the plot, the author weaves poems, including works by William Blake and Sylvia Plath, as well as some discussion of poetry, giving her misfit character depth and putting more ambitious work within her readers' grasp. Ages 12-up.

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