Monday 27 November 2023


Emmett by L.C. Rosen (Allen & Unwin) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781761180620

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Emmett is a sassy and self-assured seventeen-year-old who attends the prestigious Highbury Academy. He describes himself as gay, handsome, popular, smart, and wealthy. Emmett believes he is lucky to lead the life he does so his philosophy is to be nice to everyone… because ‘blessed people have to give back.’

Emmett makes it very clear that he is not interested in being in a relationship and is waiting until he is 25 years old when his brain will be fully developed. Interestingly, that does not negate the ‘friends with benefits’ opportunities that arise along the way. However, Emmett is not thinking of himself, he is always trying to help others. He claims that he is a great matchmaker because he played a part in getting two friends together. When Harrison, the student that Emmett ‘tutors’ (cough cough), suggests he wants a boyfriend, Emmett accepts it as his mission to set him up with the perfect guy. In his quest to find Harrison a boyfriend, Emmett learns more about himself and others than expected.

Emmett is promoted as a humorous modern-day gay reimagining of the Jane Austen classic, Emma. Themes include queer culture, friendship, and romance. Emmett would appeal to young adult fans of the movie Clueless and those who enjoy LGBTQIA+ romcoms.

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