Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.
* Reviews in newspapers such as the Age, Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser and New Zealand Herald * Author interviews in newspapers such as Courier Mail * Reviews in magazines such as Frankie and Coup de Main * Reviews in teacher librarian sources such as Reading Time, Australian Book Review, Bookseller & Publisher and Magpies * Online review coverage on education targeted websites such as Kids Book Review * Widespread online coverage via YA bloggers, Bookstagramers and Booktubers * Interviews on local and national radio and podcasts such as Sisteria * Author will be a guest at the Melbourne Writers Festival * Author events and writing workshops at schools and literary organisations such as WestWords * Big Brisbane launch with real-life performance and slam poetry piece based on the book
Winner of Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing 2016 (Australia).
'A raw, affecting coming-of-age story that starts a conversation about mental health.' Readings 'Claire is such a lovely bubble of positivity. I'm excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.' Danielle Binks, Alpha Reader 'Beautiful Mess is a stunning read. Claire Christian has delivered a raw and moving debut with beautifully flawed, well-drawn characters who you can't help but fall in love with.' -- Gabrielle Tozer
Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland 100 leading women in 2013.