I WISH this were my favorite quote from the book: Some ideas are not born of logic and good sense. It is this: Sometimes you think you know where you're headed. You think you know what each day will bring you. It is perfectly appropriate for adults who have read this book in their teens and are feeling nostalgic. It is a book about fathers/mothers and children and cutting the umbilical chord. What I am trying to say is that this book is far, far from being bad and it would have been perfect for a younger me.
i answered some of the profile-y parts in my journal, too :) it's such a perfect teenagery book. i LOVE how different and arty it is (i do not know many books like it). i recced it to an adult friend of mine (in the US) last year, and she adored it too <3 this review is much more informal and chatty (although, it is my review and i'll chat books in whatever format i like ;). as a bonus, i took some pics of random parts of the book so you could see how it is a little bit different ... this is what asher and rosie did while they were on their road trip (for part of it. ;) top of page: asher sending a post card to his byron bay friends middle: a slice of character profiles, very awesome bottom: a wednesday diary for rosie more of how the story moves forward in it's own funky/cool way including: snippet from LIVING WITH TEENAGERS (which rosie's mum is reading. her and rosie are getting all rock in their relationship) what asher packs to run away sightings at the local bus station strange signs they see on the way rosie's thoughts while on the bus <3 what rosie and asher talk about, under a tree, while on their road trip (next section, we see all their answers to the questions) it is my own personal aussie YA cult classic kind of book :)
Guitar Highway Rose is filled with amazing thoughtful passages, enlightening Aussie lingo, and precise descriptions of the landscape in Australia that makes you feel part of the setting and the story. The writing style is light and very much unique as it allows glimpses into the lives of Rosie, Asher and their families during a time a transition and adjustment. In this story, Asher comes to a new town and school in the aftermath of his parents separation. Hes had to leave his friends and father to try and make a new life in Perth with his mom.
The story and the characters really capture how it feels to be a teen with such raw honesty. It also has the parents' points of views in a couple of parts showing their feelings. The is a touch of romance that is sweet, tender and a little bit awkward like first relationships are. "they do not kiss but they both want to instead their feet touch and so do their arms it is electric magic their tiny arm hairs tingling happily lying together the sun warming them watching sky through green-leafed gum branch close enough to hear each other breathe sweet togetherness this lazy lying down dance of love" Overall, Guitar Rose Highway was an enjoyable and slightly off beat read.
Im quite gutted for only giving Guitar Highway Rose 3 stars, its not that I didnt enjoy it, because I did, I think I just set my expectations too high, thinking I would love it as Id really enjoyed every other Aussie book Id read and given them 4 stars or more. What I liked about Guitar Highway Rose; The alternative povs; I never used to read books with alternative povs, but now I cant get enough of them, the alternative povs in Guitar Highway Rose could be a bit confusing at times as you didnt know whose pov it was from, but nonetheless I found them extremely funny. Overall despite not enjoying Guitar Highway Rose as Id hoped, it was a quick entertaining read.
I was sufficiently interested enough to read on, but I was also afraid - in the back of my mind I wondered if this style was going to be able to sustain a whole novel or even come together to make a satisfying whole. Eventually I even have to agree that the stream-of-conscious narrative used for Asher worked, as I could see this reflecting the jumbled-up contents of a young teen's mind. The feel, flavour, language and references ended up as my favourite thing about the novel (and I hate the 90s!) If you are a sentimentally inclined girl, I suggest you read this book tomorrow!
This book totally brought me back to 1997 considering all the music and fashion mentioned (in which I was a teenager at that time as well). I don't think things always turn out that way considering how the characters are described throughout it.
I loved the poetic prose and the varying perspectives: it swooped from teenagers to adults to the younger brother in a way that kept me rapt the whole time I was reading it.
Her first young adult book was Fizz & Max & Me, which was published in the Dolly Fiction series. Brigid is currently working on a new young adult book and has recently returned to live in her homeland, New Zealand, after living for 27 wonderful years in Australia.