SCREW LOOSE by Chris Wheat


Age Range: 13 & up
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A madcap comedy featuring a huge cast of characters, this Australian import may find fans among readers with a taste for the unusual, but the light-as-air tone makes it difficult to connect with the story. A star football player in love with an obsessively clean Muslim girl, the lesbian daughter of a Maharaja, a prima donna who keeps a fleet of Barbie dolls as her counsel and a girl raised by dingoes are just a few of the personalities populating this frenetic tale of high school in Melbourne. Conniving Chelsea propels the story forward, offering to organize not only etiquette classes and a rowing team at her new school but a formal dance, at which it is immediately obvious there will be some kind of climactic tomfoolery. Love, lust and family strife provide much of the humor--and there are some genuinely funny moments. However, the over-the-top zany details and quick treatment of each protagonist quickly become exhausting and may result in readers feeling as if this one ultimately slips through their fingers. (Fiction. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-74175-495-7
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Allen & Unwin/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010