39. The sweet, terrible, glorious year I truly, completely lost it by Lisa Shanahan

            This YA-level novel is set in Australia.  Gemma Stone’s sister is getting married to a family of war fanatics.  Her mother only cross-stitches fruit and is constantly cross-stitching.  Gemma is very repressed and feels that it is bad form to throw a birkett of any kind.  Then she falls for a boy who convinces her to try out for the school play.  The boy who likes her decides to follow suit and the chaos is in full tilt.  Throughout it all Gemma learns what it means to truly love someone, whether it is romantically or as a new in-law.  She also finds out that at the right moment a birkett may be just what is needed.  This story is surprisingly poignant while dealing with small town stereotypes in Australia.

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