The parties were Bram s idea. For a long time they were the best-kept secret in the city. Bram is ruthless, calculating, Al is just drifting, Gabe is beautiful, but careless. Helen sees the desolate void in Gabe s heart and leaps right in. From that moment Helen s life is changed for ever. But the boys secret world remains unbroken until that one ...
The parties were Bram s idea. For a long time they were the best-kept secret in the city. Bram is ruthless, calculating, Al is just drifting, Gabe is beautiful, but careless. Helen sees the desolate void in Gabe s heart and leaps right in. From that moment Helen s life is changed for ever. But the boys secret world remains unbroken until that one night One Night is a tough, yet tender and life-affirming story about four young people on a journey towards love and meaning. Margaret Wild s previous novel, Jinx, has been internationally acclaimed, and shortlisted for four major Australian awards. This novel will take your breath away!
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-21 Australian author Wild (Jinx) pens a free-verse problem novel about two teens who accidentally become parents after hooking up one night at a party. The book divides into three parts, the first of which centers on Gabe, who's cold but has a self-proclaimed "devastating smile." He meets Helen, who has a "damaged face" but, he admits, "saw into my soul." In the next part, told mainly from Helen's perspective, she realizes she's pregnant but cannot get Gabe on the phone to tell him. After fighting with her dad, she leaves home and finds a new family in a rundown boarding house, where she begins raising her son. In the final section, Gabe and Helen reconnect, confronting their problems and their futures. Gabe and Helen don't have a monopoly on difficulties, either; Wild also dissects both characters' parents' marriages. And, among other characters, Gabe says his best friend Al's name is "short for Alan and Alcohol"; Helen's new landlady has a drug-addicted granddaughter; and one boarder keeps expecting his dead son to visit. The verse can be startlingly perceptive (Helen, unable to breastfeed her son, feels judged by other mothers who "unbutton their blouses/ with milky complacency"). The author quickly captures multiple voices and points of view, and while some plot elements strain credibility, the teen-pleasing insights and fast pace outweigh the soap-opera touches. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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