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I Had Such Friends
When Charlie Parker dies, it affects everyone who knew him. Everyone, that is, except for seventeen-year-old Hamish Day, the boy who lives on a cabbage farm and only has one friend. But Hamish soon finds himself pulled into the complicated lives of the people left behind. Among them is Annie Bower, the prettiest girl ins school. As he uncovers startling truths about his peers, his perspectives on friendship, love, grief and the tragic power of silence are forever altered.
Meg’s own teaching experience has enabled her to delve deeper into the true nature of a universal high school experience. I Had Such Friends will speak to high school students/teenagers on a personal level, and foster important conversations among Australian youth, school and family culture on issues including abuse, failure and neglect.
With hard-hitting themes including unrequited love, abuse, neglect, sexuality, bullying, prejudice, death and suicide, I Had Such Friends is a poignant journey of self-discovery, grief and the tragic power of silence. A gripping look at adolescent pain with a narrative maturity that accurately reflects its YA milieu, I Had Such Friends resonates with young adult audiences and pushes them to reflect on their own ‘sliding doors’ moment.
“An outstanding piece of fiction which will stay with you forever.” – DuffytheWriter
“…a powerful and poignant debut from Australian author Meg Gatland-Veness that draws its readers into a beautifully written story about growth, pain and the power of self-discovery.” – Rachybee
“An outstanding piece of fiction which will stay with you forever.”
“I Had Such Friends is a powerful and poignant debut from Australian author Meg Gatland-Veness that draws its readers into a beautifully written story about growth, pain and the power of self-discovery.”
“Meg Gatland-Veness… has plumbed the deepest of teenage concerns about prejudice, bullying, sexuality, abuse, neglect, unrequited love and suicide.”