Monday 29 April 2024

Wrong Answers Only

Wrong Answers Only by Tobias Madden (Penguin Books) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9780143777403

Marco, who has topped the state in his end-of-year exams, should be at university, studying biomedicine. Instead, he’s been sent to live on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea with his estranged uncle, all because of several medical issues he’s experienced, which seem like panic attacks. On the ship Marco travels with his best friend Celina, and falls for Hunter, who he refers to as the ‘Super Duper Guy’ and around whom he seems to make silly, embarrassing mistakes.

This YA novel is a story about what happens when your plans are derailed, and you must rediscover yourself. It’s also about how to negotiate family secrets, and about the moment you realise that the people you look up to are just as human and capable of mistakes as you are. Themes touch on family, homosexual attraction, and mental health.

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