“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 of embarrassment 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

Seventeen-year-old Delilah has a lot on her plate. A misjudged crush on a cool girl at school has made her the butt of everyone’s jokes. Her dad’s fled overseas, leaving her to run the family cafe. Her best friend’s involved her in a really embarrassing crime. And she’s just met the beautiful Rosa, who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road.

All this leaves Del grappling with some seriously curly questions. How can a girl tell another girl she likes her without it ending in humiliation and heartbreak? Is it okay to break the law to help a friend? And – the big one – can she ever learn to dance in public without falling over?


  • WINNER of the Ampersand Prize
  • Short listed for the Gold Inky Awards
  • Short listed for the CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers)
  • Long listed for the Indie Awards
  • White Raven International Youth Library title

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About the author

About the author

Erin Gough is a fiction writer living on Gadigal land in Sydney, whose award-winning work has been published globally.