“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.”
“Witty, warm and deliciously subversive.”
“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.”
“Funny, smart, romantic and uplifting, Amelia Westlake will steal your heart.”
“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.”
“Sharp-witted and unapologetically queer, with an opposites attract romance I absolutely adored.”
“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.”
“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.”
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?
- 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
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