Review: It's Yr Life by Tempany Deckert & Tristan Bancks

Sim and Milla are as different as two teenagers can be. Sim lives in Byron Bay with his foster family who spend their evenings dumpster diving for food. Milla lives in California with her rich and famous parents. When the pair are forced to email one another for a school assignment, they discover that they may have something in common--each has a dark secret, and they both just might be able to help one another ...

This was an entertaining read, told from the duel perspective of two kids who appear to be quite different on the surface. The early interactions between Milla and Sim were extremely amusing, particularly as each one was keen to assert themselves. Over time a genuinely friendship develops, so much so that Sim becomes the one person that Milla can confide in--and it turns out that her problems are pretty serious, though believable. Parts of Sim's family story are quite gross, but in a way that is more amusing than offensive. It's interesting to watch the characters grow and discover just how much they have in common. (On that, the irony of their names wasn't lost on me, Sim & Milla.)

Overall, this is an enjoyable YA read that kept me entertained and, occasionally, guessing.

Highly recommended.

This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2017


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