Sunday 17 March 2024

Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye by Jane Godwin (Hachette Australia) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN9780734420794

Once trust is gone, what is there to hold onto? From award-winning author Jane Godwin, here’s a novel about young teens navigating friendship and trust in a post-pandemic world of surveillance and control.


running late
drop it off without me

I type drop what off? I don't know what Mish is talking about.
While I'm typing, another message appears. don't tell bella
But I am Bella.


Best friends Bella and Connie live on the outskirts of the city in an area that was once full of open fields and paddocks but is changing as the suburbs creep closer. And now there is Mish, Connie's cousin, who must be included even though she is unfriendly and unpredictable. The pandemic lockdowns have lifted, and the three teens are eager to explore their newfound independence. But with the world opening up, there has been a rise in surveillance, from apps that track their movements to voice recorders and hidden cameras. It feels like everyone is watching them. But when does 'watching' become 'watching over'?


Do we have a right to know everything about those we love? Look Me in the Eye is a tale of young teens navigating freedom and trust-building, privacy and secrets, in an era of parental surveillance.

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