I Had Such Friends

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Pantera Press, Jul 28, 2018 - Young Adult Fiction - 282 pages

Reminiscently capturing the warm and raw voices of Charlie Kelmeckis from The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Clay Jensen from Thirteen Reasons Why, I Had Such Friends is an important story about self-discovery, grief and finding your voice.

When Charlie Parker, the most popular boy in school, dies it affects everyone who knew him. Everyone, that is, except for Hamish Day, the boy with only one friend, who lives on a cabbage farm.

After the tragic car accident leaves his school in grief, Hamish finds himself pulled into the lives of the people left behind. He tries his best to thread them back together again, even though he is pretty sure he’s the least qualified person for the job. As new friendships chip away at his quiet fašade, Hamish is forced to face the traumas of his own past, as well as the person he is becoming.

Set in rural Australia, I Had Such Friends is a powerful Australian YA debut that deals with the delicate themes of unrequited love, abuse, neglect, sexuality, bullying, prejudice, death and suicide.


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User Review  - LoriKBoyd - LibraryThing

3.5 Stars for this ARC,(thanks to NetGalley and Pantera Press). Opinion is my own. High School is brutal, especially for kids like Hamish...poor, skinny, no friends. But, things are not always what ... Read full review

I Had Such Friends

User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Hamish is a nobody. Less than a nobody. A poor year 12 farm boy with one friend-who is an even bigger loser. But his world is suddenly turned upside down by the accidental death of the most popular ... Read full review

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Meg Gatland-Veness is an influential, emerging voice in the YA space.

Born in a small country town called Milton, she grew up on the Central Coast before attending the University of Newcastle to study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Drama, as well as a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching. Meg currently works as a Drama teacher on the Central Coast of NSW, which enables her to capture the modern-day Australian teenage experience.

When she’s not writing novels, she channels her unending creativity into choreographing and directing musicals, writing poetry, singing and ballet, as well as playing tennis, volleyball and soccer.

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