My Private Pectus

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Hybrid Publishers, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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My Private Pectus is a serious yet comical portrayal of teenager Jack McDermott's struggle to discover who is, what he's meant to look like, and how much he should care about what other people think. Jack's chest deformity is symbolic of the body-image issues young men face daily in schools today"There's something different about my body. It's not something I'm proud of either, not something I show anyone. It's like the missing piece of a jigsaw you can't take your eyes off. If I were to take off my shirt you wouldn't see my face, my freckles or ratty hair. You'd just suck your cheeks in and stare. All you'd see is the depression in the middle of my chest." A realistic story about cars, footy, a love interest, and the commonly forgotten ingredient: a young man's emotions. The difficult challenges of a teenager's life are interwoven with humor and insight. Cynical and occasionally irrational, Jack McDermott (or Sticks to his mates) gets himself into serious and at times hilarious situations in an effort to prove his manhood.

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User Review  - novanews - LibraryThing

3* A story about Year 12 student Jack who suffers from Pectus excavatum – a condition in which the chest appears caved because the ribs and sternum grow abnormally. It is a story of how he overcomes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Canveygirl - LibraryThing

Jack has PE — Pectus Excavatum, a condition that causes a sunken chest — and I don’t mean the kind that pirates covet. As if this isn’t enough to deal with, his father, once a great footballer ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Shane Thamm wrote My Private Pectus while studying masculinities at Queensland University of Technology. After six years working in high school outdoor education, and the masculinised outdoor adventure industry, he became intimately interested in what makes young men tick, and the emotional challenges they negotiate each day, often in silence. He likes to give these boys a voice.

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