If you’re looking for a coming of age YA Contemporary then Antipodes by Michele Bacon is the book for you. This journey to self discovery is one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. It will immerse you in the life of Erin, a seventeen year old girl who decides that the only way to escape her current life is to live it somewhere else, somewhere thousands of miles from her home town in a small town on the South Island of New Zealand.
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Review & Favorite Quotes
“Always ask for what you want, and always do what makes you happy”
Erin is seventeen and hates her life. She’s just experienced the biggest social disaster of her life and she can’t figure out how to fix it. She’s lost her boyfriend, her swim team, and herself in the last few years. She’s not a very likable person in the first part of this book but once you start understanding her you start to realize the reasons why she’s so difficult to like as a character. She’s a bit entitled and has been given everything she’s ever wanted and you can definitely tell in the way she perceives things. Her mother wants her to experience something that will make her stand out on college applications so she suggests she does a study abroad. Erin picks the farthest place possible, Christchurch New Zealand. When she shows up there she is placed with a very modest host family and it’s quite an adjustment for her. All she could think about in the first few weeks was how much she wanted to go home but over time she meets some amazing people who show her the beauty New Zealand has to offer. I really enjoyed her character arc as this book progressed. It was definitely a journey to self discovery and getting back to yourself which I loved most about this book.
Erin’s host family was so much fun getting to know. Her host mum, Felicity, never pressured Erin like she was used to which allowed Erin to really feel like she could make her own decisions and do the things she actually wanted to do. The high pressure life she’s been so used to starts to fall away and she’s able to see what life can really be like when you just sit back and enjoy yourself.
“The flowers’ fragility and water’s fluidity minlged with mountains’ magnitude to create a scene of overwhelming beauty”
“She went willingly. Happily. Breathing and listening”
“New Zealand was changing her — or revealing parts of herself she didn’t know existed”
“She’d found true darkness. A thin sliver of moon lent no threat to the dark of night, and the stars went on forever”
About the Author
I was born in Trumbull County, the only square county in Ohio, where books were my favorite means of escaping an unhappy childhood. Writing was my transparent attempt to create the things I craved most: big happy families, international adventures, and unconditional friendship. From a young age, I was drawn to people’s stories, and I still want to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.
In middle school, I embraced my inner geek and wrote my first novel. In high school and college, short stories and still more novels. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with concentrations in critical theory and creative writing.
Full-time work sapped my creative brain for several years, and my professional life was one of reinvention. In state government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, I absorbed the lexicons of different professions. My last paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. That was 2011.
Since then, I have been writing and traveling (and, let’s be honest: chasing down small people who don’t like to wear clothes). I’ve traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries, always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. I recently spent a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I may have left my heart at Ilam School. Now that we’ve settled back in the States, I’m writing for young adults and children, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a fiend. (You’d thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it’s not. Something is different about kiwi butter.)
When an idea strikes, I scrawl sweeping plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest blank spot of paper. My current manuscript was born of those torn slips of paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and–once–that little paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it’s time to use it. My manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.
Outside of writing, I am a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. I also am a mentor at the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copy editor.
I live in Seattle with my partner and three growing children.
Find Michele Here:
1 Copy of the book (US Only)
Start Date: 03/19/2018
End Date: 03/30/2018
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