One True Thing by Nicole Hayes (Random House, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 WA Premier’s Book Awards and on the Notables for the CBCA Book of The Year Older Readers 2016. Goodreads agrees with all the love. Somehow I wasn’t captivated.

I got 100 pages in and gave up. I don’t care about politics or footy, whether Mum gets voted in, or little brother can’t breathe in the middle of his race. And the hottie journo felt one dimensional. Maybe I missed something, but I felt there was too much tell and not enough show. Perhaps if I read Frankie the muso before Frankie from Collingwood – she didn’t compare.

I absolutely love the cover design by Christabella Designs – paint splotch rainbow love forever.

One True Thing by Nicole Hayes