Coming of age in the 1970s, Puberty Blues is about 'top chicks' and 'surfie spunks' and the kids who don't make it, in a world where only the gang and the surf count. It is a hilarious but horrifying account of the way many young people live, and some of them die.
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A good recount of life as a surfie chick growing up in the 70's. Eptomizes the domination of young egotistical men who set the culture for Australia's East Coast surf scene where women were cast as passive surfie partners to men who made decisions for them and kept them in place. Very tribal surf gang protocol mean't women were restricted in the role they played in their own personal development. Loved the book and the movie because both potrayed an inherent sadness in the way women were treated by men in their own personal conquest for acceptance.
I only hope that future interviews about the book include more of Gabrielle Carey.I remember feeling for Gabrielle on the Mike Walsh show years ago as she was talked over by co-author friend Kathy Lettte. Anyhow, Gabrielle the quiet girl you could easily be fond of, the modest one. went on to become a successful English teacher. Congratulations Gabrielle!!!! here I say ( my quote for you) : " All women are good at heart and all good hearts deserve the love that they deliver ".......... take that praise with you in your imagery/ writing Gabrielle.Take big bites in your quest of being a very successful author who connects.
Cheers, Ross Lambert