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Inbetween Days

Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield
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At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She’s dropped out of school. She’s living with her runawaysister, Trudy, and she’s in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn’t love her back. She’s stuck in Mobius—a dying town with the macabre suicide forest its only attraction—stuck working in the roadhouse and babysitting her boss’s demented father.

A stranger sets up camp in the forest and the boy next door returns; Jack’s father moves into the shed and her mother steps up her campaign to punish Jack for leaving, too. Trudy’s brilliant façade is cracking and Jack’s only friend, Astrid, has done something unforgivable.

Jack is losing everything, including her mind. As she struggles to hold onto the life she thought she wanted, Jack learns that growing up is complicated—and love might be the biggest mystery of all.

Vikki Wakefield’s first young adult novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown was also an Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia, in 2013. Among other awards, it was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime inister’s Awards, in 2013. Vikki lives in the Adelaide foothills with her family.

‘Intense and engaging…Highly recommended.’ Reading Time

‘[Wakefield] gives her fictional landscape the same haunting quality that she achieved with her first novel, Friday Brown, and her writing is full of insight and feeling.’ Age/Sydney Morning Herald 

‘Wakefield has captured small-town life perfectly. There is the stifling sense of everyone knowing everyone, but also the boredom that comes from being a teenager with nowhere to go. In these claustrophobic conditions, she explores love, death and identity.’ Books + Publishing

‘A gritty, heartfelt read for teens and adult readers alike.’ Readings

Inbetween Days is Australian YA gothic. It’s at times bleak and tender, with touches of romance threaded with heartache, all playing out in a town that’s dead and dying. As anyone who has read a Vikki Wakefield novel knows, it’s near impossible to completely summarise her stories; save to say it’s another ‘must-read’ from one of Australia’s best young adult authors writing today.’ Alpha Reader

‘[Wakefield’s] characters are believable flawed and memorable and there are some good life lessons for young players.’ Otago Daily Times

‘Wakefield has never sounded more like Harper Lee, with poignant descriptions and on-point characterisations.’ Alpha Reader, Favourite Books of 2015

‘[Vikki Wakefield] proves again that she's the mistress of YA twisted relationships and disturbed characters, all memorable, all sketched with compassion, wit and insight, the adults as well as teens.’ Ruth Starke, Australian Book Review, Books of the Year 2015

‘An utterly gripping read with authentic, complicated and relatable characters.’ Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Best Children’s Books of 2015

The Text Publishing Company; September 2015
352 pages; ISBN 9781925095340
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Title: Inbetween Days
Author: Vikki Wakefield
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