The Mess Of Me

By Chantelle Atkins

Young adult | Paperback, eBook


Lou Carling is sixteen, and obsessed with getting thinner. Joe is her best friend, and last night they found something they shouldn't have in Joe's older brother's wardrobe. Travis and Leon are shady figures, leading shadier lives, and during one summer, Lou and Joe find themselves pulled into the drama, the confusion and the violence. Will Joe go to any lengths to impress his older brothers? Will Lou's obsession with losing weight spiral out of control? Is Marianne, her self-harming friend, really her friend, or an enemy in disguise? And will Lou and Joe ever be more than just best friends?



I never decide or aim to write about anything in particular, instead I am at the mercy of the characters who enter my head, set up home and start talking. Their stories start to unfold, their voices get louder, and writing begins. I would describe my books as very character driven, and propelled forward by dialogue. To me, the characters are everything. If you cannot make a reader care about the characters, then a fantastic plot is worthless in my opinion. My work has been described as gritty, compelling, intense and emotional. If I can make a reader shed a tear or two, then I feel I have done my job. As for genre, I suppose the best category to slot me in would be realist fiction.


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I never decide or aim to write about anything in particular, instead I am at the mercy of the characters who enter my head, set up home and start talking. Their stories start to unfold, their voices get louder, and writing begins. I would describe my books as very character driven, and propelled forward by dialogue. To me, the characters are everything. If you cannot make a reader care about the c...


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