Renee Conoulty: Wildlife by Fiona Wood


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Life? It’s simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are…

In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.
A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard.
And I kissed Ben Capaldi. 

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.

Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray. 

And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.

A story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.

Hey! Here's my review.

Imagine going on school camp. Now imagine going on school camp when you're 17. Now imagine camp being co-ed and lasting for 10 weeks.

Wildlife is a stand alone sequel to Six Impossible Things. Another fantastic Australian YA novel from Fiona Wood. I found the characters likeable and relatable. The novel was light and fun at times but also delved into deeper issues such as bullying, grief, fitting in, dating and friendships.

I loved the familiar Australian setting and Fiona's engaging writing style. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


  • Where: Borrowbox
  • Format: ebook

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