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Jude Get a Life. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 08, Josie rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. The writing isn't great, but the characters and their struggles to cope with life at uni are very real. Some parts nearly had me in tears, and at one point I felt too sick to continue reading Jude's section I had to put the book down and come back to it later. Evoking such strong emotions is, for me, a sign of good storytelling, so even though the narrative and dialogue felt clunky, this book gets four stars.
View 2 comments. I first read this when I was 14 or I loved it then, but I feel like I love it even more now - now I can connect with the characters, because I've been there. I remember the anxiety of growing up and starting the next stage of life. It was weird, brilliant, stressful, fun McCarthy is a great writer, and she knows what appeals to younger readers without descending into cliches and overly familiar characters that you feel like you've seen before.
Even the classic perfe I first read this when I was 14 or Even the classic perfect-yet-flawed pretty little rich girl Katerina the least developed character I feel seems better when written by McCarthy's pen. Jude is a little over done, and Carmel a little too naive to be believable, but it all works so well together that it's easy to suspend any disbelief. My experience reading this book was very different from the first time round for obvious reasons , and it was well worth revisiting. Mar 07, Amanda Kingham rated it it was amazing.
Loved it - very relatable as set in Melbourne. Jul 07, Meg Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: australian-nz , contemporary , fiction , young-adult-fiction. It isn't perfectly written, but the enchantment and allure about these three girls and their story has you overlooking that completely. Any good Australian YA novel seems to have this kind of magnetism to it that you can't get from anything else.
This book is right up there with the likes of Looking for Alibrandi. It is currently on the way to me now and I can't wait to watch it because I'm s It isn't perfectly written, but the enchantment and allure about these three girls and their story has you overlooking that completely.
Review: Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude Get a Life by Maureen McCarthy
It is currently on the way to me now and I can't wait to watch it because I'm slightly sad I've had to close this book for now. My biggest issue with this book was that it was incredibly boring in some parts, especially Jude's POV, and I found myself skimming majority of that section.
Carmel and Kat's POV's were great to read from, however, and the ending was quite a beautiful one. Jun 09, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: australian , audio , contemporary , young-adult. Definitely the classic Melbourne YA novel of my generation. Can't believe it took me so long to read it. Enjoyable, if not mind blowing.
This book is one of a type I'd like to read more of, set in the first year of university, where people make bad choices and good ones and learn about themselves.
Unrelated fact: My first year of university is about to start. It does the typical thing where the three heroines are 'from different worlds' and have a lot of bad and sad things happen to them or actively cause them but make friends through the process. So, fun. I did find this more gritty than I was expecting. The book doesn't require that you know much about the political situation of the early nineties, but it does have a lot about the Chilean movement, which I barely knew anything about. I really liked that there was a biracial character and that that part of Jude's identity is well, and compassionately, explored.
Also I knew nothing about Chilean atrocities of the seventies, so I feel educated as well. The characters all do some really dumb things, but they're really well fleshed out, so who cares? Just mentioning the words 'The Breakfast Club' is tantamount to making me froth at the mouth, so I'm not going to compare this book to that awful, horrible, nasty why is it so acclaimed I hate it so so so much movie, because Queen Kat doesn't deserve that.
I think Carmel is the most unique character; her insecurities--and blossoming! I also liked that she was fat and learning to be ookay with it. But because each character gets a change to tell their part of the story, you know that it's more complicated than all that. It would be hard to say what the plot of this novel is, because it's all about the exquisitely painful process of being brave and being alone and being friends with people who aren't like you. This book is also about family, about how painful it is to separate from them and become your own person--but how that's important too.
I really like reading classic YA like this, because it makes me understand modern YA like my darling Untidy Towns better.
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As I said, the characters, especially Kat are sort of archetypes. But McCarthy rips those archetypes aprat and makes them vulnerable, and that's why they're interesting. This book is old, and it's so nineties letters? As a side note, Melbourne is such a cool city and I definitely want to live there for a few months at some point. This book is about learning about other people, even when that seems impossible. As such, it is really fun and important and also depressing.
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Aug 04, K. It had been years since I last read this book, and when I ran out of library books the other day, I figured it was about time I revisited something I loved to death as a teenager. It's a familiar story to anyone who's moved away from home to university and has had to deal with living with a bunch of strangers. But at the same time, it's the story of how people aren't who you think they are, how friendships can grow in the most unlikely of places, and how the choices you make can impact your enti It had been years since I last read this book, and when I ran out of library books the other day, I figured it was about time I revisited something I loved to death as a teenager.
But at the same time, it's the story of how people aren't who you think they are, how friendships can grow in the most unlikely of places, and how the choices you make can impact your entire future. It's pretty dated now - there are no mobile phones, no internet, very little mention of computers - but it's still thoroughly enjoyable. It never failed to keep me interested.
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This was the book which got me into reading again, after a long break. Three girls, one dorm. All with different personalities. I love their insights. It was characterisation at its best, and it was told in three points of views. Jun 19, Natasha rated it did not like it. Did not finish. I really didn't enjoy this book at all. I only read about pages and I that's my limit if I'm not enjoying it.
I didn't think the writing was particularly good I have read and enjoyed The Convent by Maureen McCarthy, so it's not necessarily her writing in general. I found the book itself really boring to read and I had to force myself to keep going, in the hopes that it would get better. The characters all annoyed me as well, and even though I could relate to Carmel the most Did not finish. The characters all annoyed me as well, and even though I could relate to Carmel the most, I still didn't enjoy or want to read her story as I found both the plot and the writing really hard going.
Overall I rated this book one star because I didn't finish it.
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It's in the "un-haul" pile! Dec 17, Steph rated it really liked it. It's an extremely well-told tale of three very different girls who move in and out of each other's lives in complex ways, all the while living in the same house. Each character has her flaws and her virtues, and McCarthy describes these young women so well you never feel quite right condemning them for their faults or shortcomings.
It's not that you totally adore them, but they're hone I first read this when I was 14 or It's not that you totally adore them, but they're honest and real and fallible and forgivable.
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