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Anonymity Jones by James Roy

Anonymity Jones by James Roy. Pub Random House, 2010.

James Roy really impressed me with his book Town a series of thirteen interconnected short stories about school life in a small Australin country town. The characters were so real and vibrant and the dialogue tight and sharp.

Well he has done it again with this novel of a 16 year old girl, Anonymity, whose life is thrown into disarray by a number of events. Firstly her father and mother split up due to the father’s indiscretions, secondly her sister Raven decides to take off overseas and thirdly her girlfriends all discover boys.

When her mother starts going out with a sleaze bag who has a grope at Anonymity, and her crush on her Art teacher is exposed, it is time for Anonymity to take stock of her life.

Easy to read and written in short chapters, it is high interest stuff particularly for reluctant girl readers. James Roy has captured the teenage girl voice very well, and a strong voice it is too. Anonymity may be green but she is not stupid.

Will appeal to high school students. Read his other books as well, this guy can write.

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