From a talented Australian author, a sensitive study of a girl in her early teens taking the first steps toward realizing her individuality. After her best friend Kim moves away, Susie's world seems lonely and full of strangers--including the woman derisively called the Blue Lady, who now lives in Kim's house. Susie takes her misery out on everyone, especially her divorced mother, and is obsessed with spying on the Blue Lady, about whom there is a mystery involving a suddenly cancelled wedding. Meanwhile, Susie's mother insists that she attend her first boy-girl party, which will involve the embarrassment of a kissing game. In the midst of the game, Susie runs away and, after a frightening passage through an unsavory part of town, ends up at the house of the Blue Lady--who turns out not to be the mad, tragic figure imagined in local gossip but a strong individualist who has unflinchingly faced her own nature and sees similar qualities in Susie. Gleeson's ability to illuminate a young girl's struggle from her chrysalis of self-consciousness makes this truly special.