There’s more to life than exams.
Except when it’s the Leaving Cert.
Sixth year. It’s the year of: crazy studying, frantic calculations of points, and putting your life on hold for the sake of your future. So Vicky and Anna have always believed, anyway.
It is most certainly not a year of: developing an addiction to bad reality television, trying to have a relationship with a boy who doesn’t believe in ‘being serious’, becoming hopelessly infatuated with a college student, suddenly not having a clue what you want to do with the rest of your life, fights with your best friends, uncovering secrets in your family, contemplating what being ‘smart’ really means, and finding any excuse to have a party – right?
“A realistic portrayal of a vital year in any young person’s life.”
(BookFest – CBI Recommended Reading Guide 2008/09)
What I said when this was published:
“When writing about That Girl, I explained that I wasn’t a birthday person. I am, however, totally an exam person. You know, the thinking about them, the analysing of them, the predicting of them, the debating of their purpose in education – all the usual things people do in order to put off actually, well, preparing for them. I also tend to start outlining books about people sitting exams right about the time I’m supposed to be studying for exams of my own. This writing business really is the best procrastination tool ever…
Oh! Also noteworthy, perhaps, is the fact that this is the first book I’d written since Memories which switches between narrators. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to play around with two sides of the story.”