Some Girls Do . . .: My Life as a Teenager

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Allen & Unwin, Apr 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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You've read their bestselling novels and memoirs. Now some of Australia's favourite female writers recount the true stories of their teenage years in this bumper collection . . .

Remember your high school formal, your first love, first kiss, first bra, and the first time you realised your parents weren't always right? Relive the joys (and the horror) of your adolescence with Some Girls Do . . ., as fifty-six inspiring and accomplished writers reveal how they survived those challenging years.

Whether they're writing about adolescent angst, first crushes, and being a rock groupie, or battles with anorexia, sexual abuse, or family after deciding to become a nun, these women prove that while the teenage years are not necessarily the best, you can survive to tell the tale. The result is a wonderfully funny, moving collection of memories, of different times and different lives, told with honesty, insight, sensitivity and humour. No two experiences are the same, because while some girls don't have a care in the world, real or imagined, some girls do . . .

Includes stories from 50 contributors including Nikki Gemmell, Belinda Alexandra, Gabrielle Lord, Jessica Adams, Jessica Rowe, Kathy Lette, Kate Holden and Rachel Oakes-Ash.

All royalties will go to the SISTER2Sister Project, a mentor program for disadvantaged teenage girls and part of Life Changing Experiences. Allen + Unwin will also donate $1 from the sale of this book to SISTER2sister.

www.lifechangingexperiences.org
 

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Contents

Boobs Kathy Lette
1
The LIfe Lessons of Littlewing Bessie Bardot
7
A Distance of a Thousand Miles Nikki Gemmell
12
Still Stillness Kate Holden
17
The Message Karissa Behrendt
22
One Sunday Afternoon Cecilia Inglis
27
Dirty Stopout Clare Press
35
Always First Never Last Rachael OakesAsh
40
The Power of Two Sue Williams
187
My AfterFormal Party Lucy Lehmann
192
Whos the New Girl? Rebecca Huntley
197
The Imaginary Life of Lucy Patti Miller
204
August the 27th Tobsha Learner
214
Dear Jacinta Jacinta Tynan
222
Humiliation and Lust Leigh Redhead
233
Starting Fresh Maggie Hamilton
241

Rebels With a Cause Eva Coxx
47
The Pirate of Paradise Waters Kate Morton
53
The Language of the Dead Antonella GambottoBurke
62
Lock Up Your Sons Emily Maguire
72
Nudist Nights Robbi Neal
77
The Group Liane Moriarty
86
Death to Disco Jessica Adams
92
The Bush Doctrine Lisa Pryor
102
The Adolescent Detective Diane Armstrong
108
New School Sofie Laguna
113
This Much I Know Sarah Wilson
120
Football Groupie LibbyJane Charleston
126
THe Island of Lost Souls Kathy Buchanan
135
Finding My Voice Melinda Hutchings
142
The Boxer Brigid Delaney
150
Nude Photo Jo Dutton
159
Straight As to Double Ds Kathryn Eisman
165
Choosing Life Gabrielle Lord
170
My Glorious Teens Kelly Foulkes
178
Tenants Heather Rose
249
Poor Alice Jill Morris
257
Fire and Ice Lyn McPherson
263
The Waiting Room Debra Oswald
272
The Marks of Memory Tara June Winch
277
Confessions of a Drama Queen Bianca Dye
281
Fitting In Di Morrissey
285
Theres Light in the Darkness of Mental Illness Jessica Rowe
291
First Love Vanessa Gorman
295
A Black and White Picture
302
Argentina Sarah Armstrong
310
Old School Ties Lisa Wilkinson
320
The Magic of Dance Cindy Pan
328
I Was a Teenage Misfit Kim Wilkins
332
Summer Lovin Tara Moss
336
To Grace Whiting
340
Back cover
342
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About the author (2007)

Jacinta Tynan is the author of Good Man Hunting, which was published in 2005. A news presenter with Sky News Australia, she previously worked as a national news presenter and reporter for ABC TV. Jacinta is also a keen actor, and her performances include The Vagina Monologues at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre. As the grand-niece of Nino Culotta (John O'Grady), author of They're a Weird Mob, writing is in her blood. Jacinta is patron of Sister 2 Sister, a mentor program for disadvantaged teenage girls: see www.lifechangingexperiences.org

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