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Mike Amon is a regular teenager. All he wants is to fit in. He wants to sit at the cool bench. He wants to be a star athlete. He wants his first kiss.  

He also wants his mum to survive.   

When his mum is suddenly diagnosed with advanced breast and brain cancer, Mike knows it's a long shot, but if he manages to achieve his dreams, maybe it'll give his mum enough strength to beat an incurable disease.

In the meantime, he has to live with his African dad whom he doesn't really know, a man who has strange foreign ways - and who Mike doesn't really feel comfortable sharing his teenage desires and deepest fears with. 

He doesn't even want to think about what it might mean if his mum never comes home from the hospital.

Based on his award-winning stand-up show and the loss of his own mother when he was 12, Matt Okine's coming-of-age novel, Being Black 'n Chicken, & Chips, is a funny, heartwarming, and sometimes surreal look at how young people deal with grief, the loss of loved ones and becoming an adult - all whilst desperately trying to fit in with the other kids.

©2019 Matt Okine (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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One For The Ages!

Matt’s ability to convey an experience I’ve never experienced as if it were my own is a skill unrivalled and brings the most beautiful storyline to life. The comical ups and downs of the audio book add another dimension to the book’s outstanding story! I would highly recommend.

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It will make you laugh, it'll make you cry!

I loved this book so much. Being narrated by Matt just brought so much life to the story he's created and I felt every up and every down. There are a ton of laugh out loud moments but get your tissues ready, I'm warning you now...

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Such an honest, funny and moving book.

It's a story that I couldn't stop listening to but also didn't want to end. So many moments- hilarious and sad- that stayed with me after I'd finished.

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A beautiful piece of Australian literature.

Hilarious and poignant. I laughed, cried, cringed, and couldn't stop listening. It was so good.

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Light but heavy

Very sweetly told but sad book with a great Aussie feel to it. Listening to it as an audiobook with Matt Okine narrating adds a lovely extra dimension. Recommended fun, light read for the upcoming holidays.

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I laughed, I cried.

I loved listening to such a moving story obviously based in real events. So refreshing to hear the story told by the author. I laughed at his mishaps, and I cried at his mum’s passing. Just beautiful.

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awesome read

Great read, here's looking to the next one Matt. Highly recommend to add to your library.

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Great insight to Matt’s past

Being from Brisbane and having listened to Matt on radio for several years every day this book gave our one way relationship so much more depth.

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Engaging, emotive, hilarious and heartbreaking

I wasn't sure what to expect, I've listened to Matt on breakfast radio, seen him live performing comedy, and watched him on his tv series.
I squirmed during the awkward moments, laughed at his humout and cried when that lump in my throat and sting in my eye wouldn't relent. I could relate to being an awkward teen, losing my Mum and dealing with the emotions.
Well done Matt, what a great book.

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Got me right in the heart

For someone so funny he sure does get the tears flowing! I laughed, cringed, snorted and bawled. This is a beautiful story about family and friendship. Absolutely loved it!

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Heartwrenching, hilarious and real

As a JJJ listener from the Matt and Alex era, I was familiar with Matt's loss of his mum. As a fan of Matt's work post JJJ, when I saw this book, I was eager to listen to it. Matt, this was a brilliantly told story. So heartbreaking, but also heart-warming. Would love to see more work from you.

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