It is 1979 and a teenage girl is charmed by a man she meets in a disco. Before long, like Alice through the looking glass, she tumbles into a world of strange and frightening characters. Desperate to escape, she takes us into the darkness and out again, delivering her tale with wit, warmth and furious zest. Memoirs of a Suburban Girl is the cautionary tale of an everyday girl who makes a wrong turn.



Harrowing but brilliant. Michelle Cazzulino, Daily Telegraph, Nov 2011

...the strong characterisation and narrative is brave, sensitive and compelling. You'll want to read whatever this new novelist offers next. Good Reading Magazine, March 2012

Gritty and confronting - powerful stuff. Sunday Age, Dec 2011

Kandelaars should be praised for this work, not only for her extraordinary writing, but for bringing attention to this issue that affects so many. Samantha Bond, InDaily, March 2012

A gritty and gutsy look at the role of the bully and victim. Chronicle, Toowomba, 2012

..riveting, disturbing and utterly compelling. South Coast Register, Jan 2012

...impossible to put down...highly recommended for everyone. Lisa Hill, ANZ Litlovers, Dec 2011

Poetically powerful and emotionally invigorating...this is Puberty Blues with bite. Bonzer

Ever since I first saw material from this book I knew it was something astonishing. Deb...takes the reader safely into a place where she herself was never safe...this is a very big achievement. Peter Bishop, Varuna, The Writers' House

The author's humour-against-the-odds, terrific ear for idiom and lively storytelling make this a story of unsettling appeal, unexpected laughs and great warmth. Judges' comments 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript (shortlisted 2010)

 
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