The Unexpected Mess of It All by Gabrielle Tozer ISBN:9781460761441

The Unexpected Mess of It All by Gabrielle Tozer

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A very funny and fraught ‘enemies-to-will-they-won’t-they’ romance between family friends Jamila and Billy.


Jamila Dakhoul wants to escape her life.

Forget everything.

Forget that her only friends are strangers on the internet.

Forget she’s stuck in a caravan after a fire destroyed her family’s house.

Forget that Year 12 is a brutal hellhole where bullying is an Olympic sport.

Forget Billy Radcliffe once and for all.

But as Jamila tries to untangle the messy threads of her life on a weekend away with her family, it becomes clear that she can’t outrun her past, no matter how hard she tries …

A coming-of-age story about falling apart, starting over, and the people and places you can’t live without from the award-winning author of Remind Me How This Ends, Can’t Say it Went to Plan and The Intern.

About the Author: Gabrielle Tozer is an award-winning author and freelance writer based in regional New South Wales. She has published six books, including the young adult novels Can’t Say It Went To Plan, Remind Me How This Ends, Faking It, and The Intern, which won the 2015 State Library of Victoria’s Gold Inky Award.

Her first picture book, Peas and Quiet (illustrated by Sue deGennaro), was published in 2017, as was her young adult short story ‘The Feeling From Over Here’ (featured in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology). Gabrielle’s debut middle-grade novel, Melody Trumpet, was published in 2019.

Gabrielle loves sharing her passion for storytelling and creativity with readers and aspiring writers and has appeared at numerous events, including the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Somerset Festival of Literature and the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s national conference.

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01 May 2024

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Paperback / softback


General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

Readership Level

Teenage / Young Adult



Publication Date

01 May 2024

The Unexpected Mess of It All by Gabrielle Tozer ISBN 9781460761441

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