Leaving Jetty Road
By Rebecca Burton
(Laurel Leaf, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553495058, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Nat, Lise, and Sofia are best friends. This year, their last year of high school, none of them foresees the changes that will occur in their lives.
This is the year that Nat—the go-between, the peacemaker—gets a job and meets a drop-dead gorgeous chef named Josh.
This is the year that Lise—quiet, shy, and solitary Lise—decides to take control of her life by taking control of her weight.
This is the year that Sofia—the ultimate guy magnet—gets her nose pierced and falls seriously in love for the first time in her life.
This is the year that will change each of them forever.
Leaving Jetty Road is Rebecca Burton’s first novel. In her spare time, she loves baking cakes, drinking endless cups of tea, and eating broccoli. Winner of Australia’s Varuna Award for an emerging writer of young adult fiction, Rebecca Burton lives in Southern Australia.
“A PERCEPTIVE, quietly powerful piece about friendship. Nat, Lise and Sofe are in their last year of high school, with exams and decisions looming large. . . . Burton paints settings, characters and relationships with a sweet and poignant freshness.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Burton does an effective job of weaving the symptoms and personality characteristics of anorexia into an absorbing story about the tug and pull of old friendships as a teen’s world expands. An afterword about anorexia concludes this well-written, never-didactic novel.”–Booklist
“Burton skillfully captures universal doubts and insecurities that are a part of growing up as both girls struggle with obsessions. . . . Although psychologically intense, the book remains optimistic, hinting in the end that the girls will overcome their obstacles even as they choose different paths.”–Publishers Weekly
“Avoid the temptation of classifying this simply as an “anorexia” book; it's much more.”–School Library Journal