The Best Thing

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Allen & Unwin, Aug 1, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 184 pages
Mel's life is totally out of sync, at school, at home, everywhere. Pug is the only good thing - loving him, in his untidy room scented and shadowed with frangipani, she finds passionate fulfilment. But his world is so different from hers - can they possibly make it together? And can she let him in on her overwhelming secret?

'Tough, tender, sexy, passionate, this is one of the year's best.' - Pam Macintyre, Age

'The Best Thing is an impossibly good book. I felt enriched by reading it. It has the energy of a rock concert, and the finesse of a violin. I wish I'd written it.' - John Marsden

'A beautiful book, a passionate novel of love, of learning, of loss and of new life.' - Sophie Masson

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User Review  - HeatherLINC - LibraryThing

This is a beautifully written book about teenage pregnancy and childbirth. Although I found the first part rather slow, "The Best Thing" improved dramatically after this. Mel is a nice protagonist ... Read full review

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I've thought for a long time that the issue of teenage pregnancy is slanted heavily towards 'It's ALWAYS A VERY BAD THING', and in this book, teenage pregnancy isn't all bad. The issue is dealt with ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

MARGO LANAGAN was born in 1960 and has lived in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Perth, Mundrabilla and Paris. She studied history at the University of Sydney. She works as a writer and book editor, and lives with her partner and their two sons in Sydney's inner west. Her writing includes novels for teenagers and adults - The Best Thing and Touching Earth Lightly - and for younger readers - Wildgame, The Tankermen and Walking Through Albert.

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