Take Three Girls by Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood
Published September 2017 by PanMacmillan Australia
RRP AUD $18.99
Kate, a quiet boarder, making some risky choices to pursue the experimental music she loves.
Clem, shrugging off her old swim-team persona, exploring her first sexual relationship, and trying to keep her annoying twin, Iris, at arm’s length.
Ady, grappling with a chaotic family, and wondering who her real friends are; she’s not the confident A-lister she appears to be.
When St Hilda’s establishes a Year 10 Wellness Program in response to the era of cyber-bullying, the three girls are thrown together and an unlikely friendship is sparked. One thing they have in common: each is targeted by PSST, a site devoted to gossip and slander that must have a source within St Hilda’s.
Who can you trust when rumour is the new truth?
When I first heard of Take Three Girls, my interest was piqued. There have been several similar stories set in high school, with similar YA/MG fiction tropes, but I tended to find them too childish or outlandish. Take Three Girls felt a lot more realistic and YA than other similar stories I’ve read, and I loved the authors’ take on high school and the girls. I really enjoyed the book, I flew threw it in one sitting.
It was interesting to see the wellness journal session structures and the occasional online post and comment snippets within the book, I thought they really emphasised the story. From my high school experience, I can’t say I’ve heard anything quite as brutal as what’s described in the book, but the representation seemed realistic and was handled well by the authors. It was interesting to see how the characters all grew and adapted to the varying circumstances and what their reactions were.
Initially, I couldn’t stand Clem, she was very brash and annoying, and I hated every single decision she made and almost every word she said. She did get better later on in the book though, and although I still don’t love her, I don’t hate her. Buuuut, I do love Kate and Ady! Kate is so lovely and I was rooting for not just her big decisions, but also for her & her love interest from the beginning hehe. I loved the contrast between what everyone thought Ady was like to the real Ady, and I think that’s something that people tend to do a lot now – judge people really harshly without really knowing them. Ady’s love interest was kind of a surprise, but also not really because the relationship seemed to blossom so naturally and I loved it.
The story was very character-driven, and very empowering for girls. The building of friendships was so genuine and lovely to read. Additionally, there wasn’t much physical description (at least that I remembered), which I actually enjoyed since I was free to build the girls how I saw them. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was really happy with the conclusion, and though it was far from a perfect ending, it was nicely wrapped up.
Overall, I enjoyed Take Three Girls. I think it’s a good book for girls, especially girls transitioning from middle-grade fiction to young adult fiction, since it highlights the importance of friendship and promotes positivity.
I received a review copy from the publisher
I’m super excited to be partnering with PanMacmillan Australia to give away a copy of Take Three Girls so you can read this amazing book for yourself!
This giveaway is for Australian residents only, sorry!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Cath Crowley is a young adult author published in Australia and internationally. She is the author of The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie Duskin, and Graffiti Moon. In 2011, Graffiti Moon won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Ethel Turner Award for Young People’s Literature, and was named an honour book in the Children’s Book Council, Book of the Year. Cath writes and teaches in Melbourne. Her new book will be published in 2016.
Simmone Howell is the award-winning author of YA novels Girl Defective, Everything Beautiful and Notes from the Teenage Underground. She also writes non-fiction about dream houses, teen movies and ways to map a city. She lives in Melbourne and is currently working on a memoir about her formative female influences. Visit her at http://www.simmonehowell.com
Fiona Wood’s first young adult novel, Six Impossible Things, was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year, Older Readers. Her second, Wildlife, won the CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers and was shortlisted for a number of other awards. Her third book, Cloudwish, was published in 2015. Her books are published internationally.
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