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Anything But Fine Mass Market Paperback – 31 August 2021
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Luca is ready to audition for the Australian Ballet School. All it takes to crush his dreams is one missed step . . . and a broken foot.
Jordan is the gorgeous rowing star and school captain of Luca's new school. Everyone says he's straight - but Luca's not so sure . . .
As their unlikely bond grows stronger, Luca starts to wonder- who is he without ballet? And is he setting himself up for another heartbreak?
'Anything But Fine is everything wonderful I love in a book- characters so real they breathe, a rollercoaster of a story that made me laugh, cry, and swoon, and vivid, gorgeous writing. Brilliant.' JENNIFER NIVEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
'In Anything But Fine, Tobias Madden delivers a stirring meditation on identity and grief. Sweet, warm and thoroughly delightful, it will quickly dance its way into your heart.' KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND, bestselling author of Our Chemical Hearts
'Anything But Fine is a gorgeous story about love, loss, friendship and hope - and about finding your true self after your one and only dream shatters into a thousand pieces.' FLEUR FERRIS, bestselling author of Risk
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In 2019, Tobias edited and published Underdog- #LoveOzYA Short Stories, which featured his first published work, 'Variation'. He also co-wrote the cabaret show Siblingship, which played to sold-out audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Tobias is a passionate member of the #LoveOzYA and LGBTQ+ communities, and he currently works full time for a major independent publishing company.
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (31 August 2021)
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1761042025
- ISBN-13 : 978-1761042027
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I knew I was going to be in for something different in the first few pages when I discovered it was set in Ballarat- a semi major country town in Victoria, Australia. The fact that it’s set away from the capital is great if you ask me, always good to see different places represented in fiction.
The story opens and is based around Luca, a 16 year old openly gay ballet dancer, whose on the cusp of auditioning for the Australian Ballet School when a major accident shatters his dreams.
This book explorers the themes of loss and acceptance while you’re just a teenager; after all who could rightly handle their dream being taken away at any stage in such a cruel and heartbreaking manner?
Tobias Madden handles this in a tender and sensitive way; while the Therese exploded in this novel isn’t anything revolutionary, Madden has a writing style that draws you in and makes you feel for each character- all of the major characters are richly drawn out and you feel invested in them and their journeys.
A highly enjoyable story and I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
It's sweetest, cutest, swooniest, angstiest, most drama-filled YA story and I couldn't put the damn thing DOWN.
Luca is an incredible ballerina destined for the Australian Ballet School when he has a horror fall, ending his dance career. Kicked out of his fancy private school and separated from his "bunhead" ballet friends, Luca transfers to the local high school where he's forced to start over and discover who he is without dance. But gorgeous school captain and rowing star Jordan is the perfect distraction. It's a shame he's straight. Unless he isn't...
My swoony little heart could barely handle Luca + Jordan's story! It's so funny, charming, heartfelt and guaranteed to give you all the feels. I don't have the space here to list all the things you'll love about it. 💙
Just go read it! Right now.