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'Amelia Westlake,' by Erin Gough Was A Fun Book With A Powerful Message

Hello Inky Friends,

I recently read  ‘Amelia Westlake,’  by Erin Gough as part of The Inky Awards Shadow Judging Program. Here is what I have to say.

‘Amelia Westlake,’ follows Harriet Price, a year 12 prefect with the perfect life. She lives in a mansion, she’s a tennis champion and her girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she creates a hoax to expose the schools many problems, she risks it all.

Will Everhart is the school’s notorious bad girl. With help from her sworn enemy, Harriet. The two work together in order to unveil the problems within the school. As their campaign gains traction, so do their feelings for each other. Will they be able to keep their mission a secret?

I would just like to begin this by saying that I loved ‘Amelia Westlake.’ I loved the plot, the character development, the representation… you could say I enjoyed it – putting it mildly.  What I loved the most was the concept of this novel. I love how in order to provoke change, Will and Harriet play a series of pranks and take part in an elaborate hoax. I loved how humour was used to bring light to serious or uncomfortable issues. The novel deals with real problems that we faced twists it so that we are entertained.

I also loved the character development. In the beginning, I really disliked Harriet. She acted like people I know all too well and was generally a major stick in the mud. She was driven but to point where her success was for the approval of others and not for the greater good, be her own or for the community. As the story developed she began to change in ways that were subtle yet drastic. By the end of the novel, she has been reinvented as a better, more socially conscious version of herself.

Overall, I thought this was an incredible book about standing up for what’s right and to not be deceived by outward appearances. Rate: 9/10





29th May, 19

'Twas a delightful read

1st Jun, 19

Indeed it was

2nd Jun, 19