By: Kate Gordon
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 Jul 2014
ISBN: 9781743316634


You said we could write anything we wanted. The first thing that came into our minds. Blue fish, red fish, green fish...

Clementine Darcy is floundering. She wants to be the kind of fish who swims to the swish of her own fins - upstream, not simply carried along by the current.

But she is finding the swirling waters of school and home difficult to navigate: her friendship group is splintering, her brother Fergus won't leave his room, her sister's life is not as perfect as Clem thought...and then there's the New Boy, who is dapper and intriguing, but hiding secrets of his own. Clem is desperate for everyone - including herself - to be happy, but she discovers that her idea of helping doesn't always work as well as she imagined.

Can Clem be the girl she wants to be? Will she learn to accept that there are things she can fix and things she cannot? Will she find a way to know the difference?


Clementine is trying to find her place in the world. She is struggling to enjoy the same things as her friends, her older brother has locked himself in his room, and her sister is eating almost nothing. She just wants everything to be the way it used to be.

Can she accept that not everything can be fixed and some things have to change? And where does the unusual, but gorgeous, new boy

Fred fit in her life?

This book is funny, heart-warming, romantic, sad and exciting. It is beautifully written and it drags the reader into Clementine’s world so well that you feel like you are becoming her friend and wish you could help her.

A wonderful story of friendships, both old and new, and first love that girls from Year 9 and up will thoroughly enjoy.

Reviewed by Michelle