By: Clare Strahan
Genre: Secondary Fiction
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 Jun 2014
ISBN: 9781743316030


I'm pretty sure that by the time I finish high school, I'll be cracked into a pile of shards, beyond repair.

At fifteen, Clover is finding the going tougher than she expected. Her life is close to being derailed on the rocky terrain of family, friendship, first love, acts of defiance and a planet on the brink of environmental disaster. So when Keek breaks his promise to her, and school sucks, and her mother is impossible, and her beloved old dog is dying, and her dad is in the wind, and the girls at school are awful and the footy-boys are bullies and she's arrested for vandalism - well, what else can she be but a little bit broken? Can Clover pull herself together - or will she spiral further out of control?

When life feels like it's fracturing, how do you find a way to feel whole?


At fifteen, Clover’s life is not a bed of roses, but then whose is?

Some of the challenges that Clover must face include a controlling parent, difficult problems with friendship and first love, saving her surrounds from a development that could be an environmental disaster and channelling her talent for graffiti art to make her society pay attention and hopefully change.

It’s a big ask – can Clover succeed?

A tight story with great characters that will be best suited to those 15+.

Reviewed by Rob