And I’ve got to keep sorting my shit out, because life is messy.

But fuck, it can be beautiful.

Two broken teens hurting.

Two weirdly different teens who need each other.

A story of loss, pain and heartache.

A raw story of what it means to struggle with yourself and your memories.

Socially-awkward Gideon is dealing with his own pain and the daily struggle of being brave. Ava is lost in grief after the death of her best friend. Along their journeys, they find each other and begin to find the way back to freedom.

Beautiful Mess is a story of reaching out and how friendship can help to put you together because life is always messy, and always beautiful.

Bravo, Claire Christian, on writing an honest story about living with pain and finding a way out with powerful themes of mental health and being misunderstood along with a healthy dose of diversity.


Publisher’s blurb:

Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab.

Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.

The winner of the 2016 Text Prize, Beautiful Mess is funny and sad and a bit screwed up and romantic and absolutely real. In other words, a lot like life.


Many thanks to Text Publishing for providing me with an advance copy of this book.