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Girls in Boys' Cars

By: Felicity Castagna
Narrated by: Louise Giavas
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A complicated friendship.

A roadtrip in a stolen car.

The stories that define us.

And two funny, sharp, adventurous young women who refuse to be held back any longer.

Rosa was never really trying to hurt anyone, no matter what they said in court. 

But she's ended up in juvenile jail anyway, living her life through books and wondering why her best mate Asheeka disappeared.

A gripping novel about a complicated friendship; a road trip through NSW in a stolen car; the stories that define us; and two funny, sharp, adventurous young women who refuse to be held back any longer.

WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS 2022
WINNER OF THE QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS 2022 YOUNG ADULT BOOK AWARD

HONOUR BOOK FOR THE CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR OLDER READERS 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE ETHEL TURNER PRIZE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE 2022

©2021 Felicity Castagna (P)2021 Macmillan Australia Audio

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Australian Road Trip

A beautifully told story exploring themes of the disempowerment of women, struggle, family, mental illness and friendship. Unexpectedly, Rosa and Ashoka embark on an Australian road trip that showcases the beauty of the country and the price of freedom. A book for all those who have ever felt unheard and invisible. Loved it.

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Definitely not for me...

Yeah... So unfortunately this one was not for me. I read this book for my local book club's chosen book and sadly I could not get into it at all.

It's a short YA Aussie story about two teenage girls on the run and end up road tripping around NSW Australia. It was nice to have a familiar suburban setting but I could not for the life of me stay interested in any of the characters or the plot...

I didn't find either girls particular likeable and it was quite frustrating at times to read about them breaking the law and doing things that they probably shouldn't do. I usually like to relate or 'connect' to the characters in a book I'm reading and I could not do that with Rosa or Asheeka.

If you want a short Young Adult quick read about two carefree Aussie teens, breaking rules and stealing cars and going where the road takes them, you might enjoy this.

The audiobook was decent, I appreciate having an Australian voice with this Aussie YA title. I just really struggled to finish it

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