This novel is a thing of beauty. Girl Defective is so weird, deep, gritty and beautiful. It’s everything you want a young adult novel to be and as a writer it’s the sort of book that makes me sigh and wish to write something so amazing.
Since being published Simmone has sold it into the US for a 6 figure sum, which is absolutely amazing. It’s especially lovely to hear because Girl Defective is seeped into the landscape of St Kilda and it’s heartening that Australian literature is making it onto the international scene.
Here’s a link to an interview she did that’s awesome. So if you love weird, deep, gritty and beautiful young adult novels, pick up a copy of Girl Defective. You won’t be disappointed.