Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn't know how to do relationships, family or friends.
A love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war, and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, someone who's as complicated as she is.
Megan Jacobson has followed up her debut novel, the CBCA shortlisted Yellow, with another remarkable story. Set in Darwin, through the humidity of the impending wet season, this is a compelling read centred around an incredibly feisty teenage girl. She has experienced a manipulative and abusive father, who is in jail for what he did to her mother, and accordingly Ily has learnt to not let love in, and to never apologise.
As a result of her father's incarceration, she has spent years in and out of boarding schools. She feels unwanted by her tarot reading, wellness expert mother and her hard edged Nan. Now at home, Ily has one weird friend, is caught in an ongoing prank war with her neighbour Max, and is falling in love with the principal’s son, Jared. However, while love is undoubtedly the strongest emotion, not all love is good!
A great story, fantastic for teenagers 15+ with themes of domestic violence, relationships and self discovery.
Reviewed by Rob