Because of You
Tiny is homeless. Nola has everything she could ask for. They meet when Nola is forced into volunteer work for the writers’ group at the homeless shelter where Tiny is staying, and at first it seems impossible that two people who are so different could ever be friends. But despite her initial prejudice, Nola quickly learns that there isn’t much separating her from the people who live on the streets. And Tiny begins to see that falling down doesn’t mean you never get back up. Because of You is a story about homelessness, prejudice and the power of words to provide a little hope. At its heart is the friendship between Tiny and Nola, and how this relationship changes both girls at the core. Pip Harry doesn’t shy away from some heavy topics—Tiny’s story is heartbreaking and the details about life on the streets of Sydney is horrifying—but Because of You is ultimately a hopeful story about human resilience and the life-changing power of discovering your best friend. YA readers aged 14 and up who loved John Larkin’s The Shadow Girl and Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue should be diving for this powerful coming-of-age story.

Because of You Details

TitleBecause of You
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2017
PublisherUQP Books
Rating
GenreContemporary

Because of You Review

  • Trisha
    June 3, 2017
    Beautiful, hopeful, thoughtful.
  • Emily Mead
    July 30, 2017
    Absolutely adored this one. Told from alternating points of view of a homeless girl, Tiny, and Nola, who volunteers at Hope Lane, it's very eye-opening. We shouldn't have to humanise people who are homeless, but Pip Harry does it in the most wonderful way possible: through the power of stories.
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  • Rob De
    May 23, 2017
    What an amazing story ! Written in alternating chapters we learn of the lives of Tiny and Nola. Tiny is a street kid and Nola is from a well to do family. Their paths cross when Nola is forced to do volunteer work to be able to pass her HSC and she gets pushed to help out at the Hope street Refuge. At first she can't even bear to be touched by these people but as she starts making connections, particularly with Tiny, her attitude gradually changes. We learn that everybody has a story, a right to What an amazing story ! Written in alternating chapters we learn of the lives of Tiny and Nola. Tiny is a street kid and Nola is from a well to do family. Their paths cross when Nola is forced to do volunteer work to be able to pass her HSC and she gets pushed to help out at the Hope street Refuge. At first she can't even bear to be touched by these people but as she starts making connections, particularly with Tiny, her attitude gradually changes. We learn that everybody has a story, a right to be heard and deserve to be treated decently, as we discover the backgrounds of these street people.The story has amazingly resilient characters, tackles preconceptions head on and has a glorious ending. I cannot recommend it highly enough. You will be left wondering how and why we tackle societies problems in such a generally inappropriate fashion. However, you are left with a feeling of hope that things can be made better, which is why this fabulous book will resonate so well with teenagers.It certainly changed my opinions, which believe me, is no mean feat for this middle aged man. Yes, I am still middle aged! This is a great book and I cannot emphasis enough..... Read it, Read it, Read it..... and when you have, definitely recommend it to others.
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  • Pauline
    May 31, 2017
    Review to come upon release
  • Amanda
    December 12, 2016
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