At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip - and falling in love with the new girl. Peta will need to decide which rules to keep, and which rules to break.
'I'm Peta Lyre,' I mumble. Look people in the eye if you can, at least when you greet them. I try, but it's hard when she is smiling so big, and leaning in.
Peta Lyre is far from typical. The world she lives in isn't designed for the way her mind works, but when she follows her therapist's rules for 'normal' behaviour, she can almost fit in without attracting attention.
When a new girl, Sam, starts at school, Peta's carefully structured routines start to crack. But on the school ski trip, with romance blooming and a newfound confidence, she starts to wonder if maybe she can have a normal life after all.
When things fall apart, Peta must decide whether all the old rules still matter. Does she want a life less ordinary, or should she keep her rating normal?
A moving and joyful own voices debut.
'Honest, perceptive and gutsy; I loved tuning into Peta's world.' - Emily Gale
Anna Whateley lives in Brisbane with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two rescue guinea pigs. She has always worked in literature and education and holds a PhD in young adult fiction. Now, Anna is an 'own voices' author, proudly autistic, with ADHD and sensory processing disorder.
Shortlisted Book of the Year, Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2021 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
13 - 18
Children's, Teenage & educational