Nona and Me by Clare Atkins

A book I read in 1.5 days – 5 stars!!!

If you are looking for a quality YA Contemporary read.. THIS WOULD BE IT!!! IT’S FANTASTIC!!! Very well written and the story of Rosie (the protagonist) and her connection with Nona was so insightful as it explored multicultural diversity among white and indigenous Australians, socio-economic differences and prejudices, different types of families, coming of age, maturity, change. The structure was clever with a backstory that was intertwined with present day and accurate reference to Aboriginal culture.. It also reminds us of our common human weakness – the desire for acceptance and to fit in – no matter what the cost to your close relations.. This book was just.. amazing!!! It will have to be one of my favourites for 2016!! 

Synopsis of the book (courtesy Goodreads.com)
Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life. Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseparable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine. By the time she returns, they’re in Year 10 and things have changed. Rosie has lost interest in the community, preferring to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena, and Selena’s gorgeous older brother Nick.When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position: will she be forced to choose between her first love and her oldest friend.

-Annie

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