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The Whole of My World Paperback – 3 June 2013
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An unputdownable novel for anyone who's ever loved or lost, drawn a line between then and now, or kept a secret that wouldn't stay hidden . . .
'Today I am free. No guilt for who's missing, what's been left behind. My face aches from smiling in the wind and my voice rasps from all the screaming, and I know that it's been forever since I've felt so completely alive.'
Desperate to escape her grieving father and harbouring her own terrible secret, Shelley disappears into the intoxicating world of Aussie Rules football. Joining a motley crew of footy tragics - and, best of all, making friends with one of the star players - Shelley finds somewhere to belong. Finally she's winning.
So why don't her friends get it? Josh, who she's known all her life, but who she can barely look at anymore because of the memories of that fateful day. Tara, whose cold silences Shelley can't understand. Everyone thinks there's something more going on between Shelley and Mick. But there isn't - is there?
When the whole of your world is football, sometimes life gets lost between goals.
About the Author
- Publisher : WOOLSHED PRESS; 1st edition (3 June 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1742758606
- ISBN-13 : 978-1742758602
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 333,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don’t hate football. Indifferent or disinterested may be better words to describe how I feel about the sport. I know it - grew up in a large family full of football crazies, split between Collingwood and Essendon. I inherited Essendon. Nevertheless, I never caught the fever, never felt the magic. Also, I’m one of the people who have been turned off the sport because of alleged and reported bad behaviour of players.
So this book, dubbed “The football book”, sat in my kindle until Grand Final Day. That morning I read an article written by the author on mamamia.com. It was to encourage women to get into the spirit of the day and watch the game. It didn’t make me want to watch the game, but it made we want to read her book. Immediately. So, as the first ball of the game bounced, I began reading.
The first thing I realised was, the book is not about football. As the title and cover promises, it is about so much more. It’s a story that delves deeply into a character’s soul. She carries you on her journey, so close to her heart you feel her every emotion. It is so cleverly done, so beautifully written, I couldn’t stop reading. It reminded me why interests or hobbies such as football, or anything someone feels passionately about, are so important. Having a passion gives someone something to grip hold of, something to dream of, to live for. It can be an escape when life is difficult. I refuse to write spoiling reviews so I will stop there.
But, if you have reservations about this book like I did, because you aren’t into football, put them aside and dive in. Reading THE WHOLE OF MY WORLD is an entertaining, uplifting and enriching experience. I loved every minute of it.
Having said that, there's nothing wrong with a bit of sport too! And so it’s all presented against the fabulous backdrop of Aussie rules football. Shelley is an avid fan of the Falcons (a fictional team, but so obviously the Hawks – the current reigning premiers) to the point where it becomes the whole of her world. But there’s more to her world than that.
Nicole Hayes has done a wonderful job of portraying Shelley, Tara, Mick Edwards and the many other great and very Australian characters in her book.
All that's left for me to say is, this is one of those young adult novels that crosses the age groups - you will love it no matter your age. I bought a copy for my wife, who loved it and went out and bought more copies for her friends, and I have now read it myself. 'The Whole of My World' kicks goals. And them some.