Loner - Georgina Young - Keeping Up With The Penguins
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Lona has dropped out of uni, and no one is sure why – least of all her. She’s still hanging on to her high-school job at the local roller-skating rink, but other than that she doesn’t seem to have a whole hell of a lot going on.

Why would she rather be at home binge-watching Buffy than out at parties with her best (and really only) friend, Tab? Why has she given up on her artistic dreams? Will she ever get her shit together?

You’ll have to read Loner by Georgina Young to find out (as I did, courtesy of the wonderful team at Text Publishing).

In short, sharp chapters, Loner explores some lofty stuff – what is Art(TM)? What’s the difference between being lonely and being alone? How should we navigate “growing up”? But Young uses a light touch, examining the anxieties and complexities of contemporary youth in a way that feels realistic and grounded.

Loner lands in that liminal space between Young Adult and Adult-Adult, the millennial love-child of John Green and Sally Rooney. It’s a novel that will make all young Australian introverts feel seen, and appreciated.