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#LoveOzYAbookclub title selection Dec 2019 – MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON (Poppy Nwosu)

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Hello friends J We’ve reached the finale section of 2019, and here’s the book that will take us through to a brand new bookclub year in 2020 – MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON by Poppy Nwosu.

It’s a sweet contemporary romance about Alice – trying hard to concentrate on her last year of high school – and Teddy, the school’s most notorious troublemaker. Here’s the blurb:

My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers.
My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure.
I stand abruptly.
Tall, black eyes, messy hair, a permanent scowl on a permanently angry face. Our school’s delinquent, a waster, the kind of boy who always sits at the back of class. The kind of boy even popular people like Sophia are afraid of.
Teddy Taualai.

Alice Dyson knows exactly how she’ll be spending her final year of high school. With her head down, quietly concentrating on her textbooks and homework. She’s focused on the future, and nothing and no one is going to get in her way. Until a bizarre encounter with the school’s most notorious troublemaker derails all her plans, turning Alice into the unwilling centre of attention and her life into one enormous complication.

And even worse? Now Teddy Taualai won’t leave her alone.

A story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are.

I’m very much looking forward to reading this! According to reports, this gorgeous story also contains a great girl friendship – as well as a peek into contemporary high schools, and the keen tang of young love. Poppy Nwosu is a debut author who was awarded the 2019 SA Varuna Writer’s House Fellowship for Young Writers; this first book was shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript award and the Readings YA Book Prize. I’ll be sharing an interview with Poppy very soon on bookclub, so keep your eyes open!

I hope you enjoy MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON and happy reading! While I’m afraid there’s no digital version of this book, you can find the paperback here at Boomerang Books, and use the code ‘loveoz’ to get free shipping on your order.

There’s also some exciting moves afoot for #LoveOzYAbookclub, which I’ll tell you all about very soon – talk then and have a great week



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