- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Picador (October 11, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330489453
- ISBN-13: 978-0330489454
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,840,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Puberty Blues Paperback – October 11, 2002
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About the Author
Kathy Lette is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows and - most recently - Nip 'n' Tuck. Mad Cows was also made into a motion picture starring Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel. Kathy lives in Hampstead, London, with her husband and two children. Gabrielle Carey lives in Sydney, writes books occasionally, and may or may not be related to Peter Carey.
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Although dated, Puberty Blues is still a good read for those who work with young people - and that includes parents of teenagers. Society has yet to fully grasp the need to provide meaningful activities and responsible supervision for young people who are all potentially "at risk". The drug scene, teenage pregnancy, suicide ... still lurk in the shadows waiting to ambush those who have not been been offered a healthy alternative. Ian Kerr, Australia
The most shocking thing to me is that rebellious Aussie kids were listening to Pat Boone circa 1974. What's up with that?
Not the sort of book I usually read, I picked it up after seeing it extravagantly praised and because it promised a look into surf culture in Oz. Time passes. If 35 years ago, Cronulla Beach was a sort of paradise for working class yobboes and their wenches, recently it has been in the news more for a series of nasty racial-religious riots.
According to Deb and Sue, there was nothing to do. Hmmm. Never heard that from a 13-year-old before. Greer, by the way, is totally taken in by this confession of moral depravity in the suburbs, enhancing her reputation for cluelessness.
As a novel, it is not bad for being written by teen-agers, but it reads more like a transcribed diary, which I suspect is what it mostly is.
Certainly, Sydney was an very distant place 35 years ago, where rebellious middle schoolers (although in Australia, 13 gets into the first year of high school) cared enough to cheat on exams. Perhaps that was because back then, rebellious teens could still be sent to reform school. It seems practically Victorian. Rebellious American teens of that period and earlier would hardly have bothered to cheat.
Anyhow, Deb and Sue aspire to be top chicks, which means capturing the fleeting attentions of Sylvania's surfer dudes. They'll do anything.
The vapidity of the goal and of the performers makes it a good thing that the book is very short. In real life, Kathy and Gabrielle escape, but most of their pals end up ruined by heroin, which, according to them, came into Cronulla just about the time their group got old enough to experiment.
Lette has gone on to write successful novels (though I have not read any of them). It would interesting to see what would happen if she would go back and put some clothes on this tale. Inside this thin story is a fat story screaming to get out.