Books

Pieces of You

Publication Date: 29 May 2017

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Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons. Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that’s when things really fall apart. I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me? Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall. ‘You’re funny, Becs,’ Cory said. ‘You have no idea,’ I said, and clearly he didn’t, but I was smiling anyway. And after that, he was all I could think about. Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life together; but that’s before he shatters it all over again …

Available from bookstores around NZ and Australia, or order here: Pieces of You Book Depository

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Catch Me When You Fall

Publication Date: Early 2018

A moving novel about learning to find happiness in the face of uncertainty, a love that transcends the fragile boundary between life and death, and the power of Schrödinger’s cat.

Seventeen-year-old Christchurch teenager Alex Byrd is a survivor, but is about to face what is to become the worst day of her life and the best. On the same day that she has a routine blood test that reveals her deadly leukaemia has returned, she also meets Jamie Orange.

Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don’t.

I believe in love in four days.

I believe in falling.

Both have big dreams but both have huge obstacles in the way: Alex’s only hope for a cure is to have a risky bone marrow transplant; Jamie meanwhile has bipolar disorder.

Promise me you won’t try to die,’ I said. ‘Ever.’

‘Promise me you won’t either,’ he countered.

‘It’s not really something I can control.’