AUTHOR = AIMEE SAID
GENRE = FAMILY, RELATIONSHIPS, HOMOSEXUALITY, GAY THEMES
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 9 – 12
Allison Miller is tired of playing little sister to her “perfect” elder sibling, Larissa. Larissa who can do no wrong. She is a star in the class room and in the swimming team, a champion debater and, of course, school captain. But the perfect role model that everyone else sees is, in Allison’s opinion, anything but perfect on the home front. As Larissa is completing her final year of study and aiming for a vet course, the Miller household panders to her every whim to ensure Larissa’s chances of success are maximised.
But what happens if a story leaks out that could tarnish the perfect Larissa’s image? And what if the leak is, amazingly, true? Will Allison care about Larissa at all? Or is she only upset that the mud might stick to her, too? Who is being self-centred now??
This is an entertaining and clever story. Not only does sibling rivalry come to the fore in a humorous way but there are also deeper threads to this tale: about homophobia, cyberbullying and growing up. Thanks to the author’s sharp writing and Allison’s sharp wit, there is no danger of the story being issue drive – it is truly engaging throughout as Allison learns to look at herself and her family with more honest eyes.
Highly Recommended (dma) *****