Amelia Westlake

WINNER of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize

WINNER of the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Short listed for the Queensland Literary Awards

Short listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Short listed for the Indie Book Awards

Short listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards

CBCA Notable Book

Short listed for the Gold Inky Award

White Raven International Youth Library title

Entertainment Weekly’s top 10 YA books of 2019


Harriet Price has the perfect life: she’s a prefect at Rosemead Grammar, she lives in a mansion, and her gorgeous girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she risks it all by creating a hoax to expose the school’s many problems – with help from notorious bad-girl Will Everhart, no less – Harriet tells herself it’s because she’s seeking justice. And definitely not because she finds Will oddly fascinating.

But as Will and Harriet’s campaign heats up, it gets harder for them to remain sworn enemies – and to avoid being caught. As tensions burn throughout the school, how far will they go to keep their mission – and their feelings for each other – a secret?


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‘Witty, warm and deliciously subversive.’ Melissa Keil, author of Life in Outer Space

‘After her Ampersand Prize-winning debut The Flywheel, Erin Gough’s second novel has been eagerly anticipated. Amelia Westlake has been worth the wait. This is a brilliant social satire with a feminist vibe and two strong main characters whose voices alternate telling the story … Gough has created a clever, engaging feminist romp for readers aged 12 and up that is utterly unputdownable.’ Angela Crocombe, Books and Publishing

‘A playful, but powerful feminist romp that perfectly captures the Australian school life of young adults. This is such an important book and it’s undoubtedly one of my favourite YA books of the year.’ Tracy Hwang, Readings Teen Advisory Board

‘Funny, smart, romantic and uplifting, Amelia Westlake will steal your heart.’ Nicole Hayes, author of One True Thing

‘A delightful, timely romantic comedy of two opposites attracting, connecting and fighting for justice together at a private girls’ school. I fell in love with Amelia Westlake.’ Justine Larbalestier, author of Liar and My Sister Rosa

‘Sharp-witted and unapologetically queer, with an opposites attract romance I absolutely adored.’ Malinda Lo, author of Ash and A Line in the Dark

‘An adorable love story, plus a feminist plot to take down institutionalised misogyny at a stuffy prep school … Yes please. I loved everything about this book.’ Sarah Watson, creator of The Bold Type and author of Most Likely

‘It’s a breath of fresh air to get a tale that examines privilege and how to foment meaningful change without ever losing sight of its own charms.’ Maureen Lee Lenker, Entertainment Weekly