WINNER: Ampersand Prize
Short listed: Gold Inky Awards 2016
Short listed: CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) 2016
Long listed: Indie Awards 2016
White Raven International Youth Library title 2016
Seventeen-year-old Delilah’s crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she’s been struggling to run the family’s cafe without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged crush on one of the cool girls, she’s become the school punchline as well. With all that’s on her plate she barely has time for her favourite distraction – spying on the beautiful Rosa, who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road.
Only her best friend Charlie knows how she feels about Rosa, but he has romantic problems of his own. When his plan to win an older woman’s heart goes horribly wrong, Del is the only one who can help Charlie stay out of jail.
All this leaves Del grappling with some seriously curly questions. Is it okay to break the law to help a friend? How can a girl tell another girl she likes her without it ending in humiliation and heartbreak? And – the big one – is it ever truly possible to dance in public without falling over?
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‘It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, it’s got what I love in novels; great characters, relationships, a strong funny voice and a great sense of place.’ Melina Marchetta
‘Gough’s book is tough and textured, and it doesn’t shy away from exploring the acute awkwardness that comes with trusting your true self to others.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘Every now and then a book comes along and leaves you with an indescribable bubble of excitement that you don’t know how to express but you just want everyone else to experience. The Flywheel was one of these books for me’. The Tales Compendium
‘Romance fans will find the up and down relationship of Rosa and Delilah dreamy.’ Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
‘Eminently readable prose; a relatable narrator; and a realistic, grounded lesbian romance will leave readers cheering for Delilah to find her way.’ Booklist
‘Celebrates individuality and community.’ Australian Book Review
‘I felt every flutter and embarrasment that Delilah does in the presence of the utterly crush-worthy Rosa Barea.’ Inky’s Choice
‘If you feel you’re not in the target group of this book, read it anyway. If you’ve ever had a gay friend, wondered – even for the shortest moment – about your own sexuality, or remember being a teenager, then this book is for you…This is one of those books that I wasn’t aware I was missing out on, but am so very glad for having read it. I can’t help but feel that this might well be the Looking for Alibrandi of this generation.’ 100% Rock Magazine
‘A tender-true story of girl meets girl, falling in love and finding your feet.’ Alpha Reader
‘What else can I say than this book is perfect? The style was simple and elegant, the characters complex and vibrant, the relationships so realistic.’ Readcommendations
‘Basically, I could see why this won the Ampersand Project. It is completely and utterly awesome.’ Loony Literate
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