Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough – Book Review

Set in an elite private school in Sydney, Amelia Westlake tells the story of a character made up by a couple of students who want to speak out about problems within a strict educational institution. Having created a fictional student who submits cartoons to the school newspaper, they find themselves embroiled in intrigue and controversy. How far will it go?

I read this in almost a single sitting. The world is familiar yet nothing I’ve experienced, and I found it saddening to think that some of these stories are still happening. It felt so real that students who feel like when then try to speak out, are silenced by the powers that be need to find another way to be heard. It’s great, it’s fun, it’s queer and I think it will be loved by many teen readers.

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