22 June 2009


by Tempany Deckert & Tristan Bancks

Random House. Australian, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $18.95

Milla is fifteen, living in a mansion in Hollywood with a movie producer father and an ex-model mother. Sim, also fifteen, lives in Byron Bay in a foster home and has to dumpster-dive for his food as his carers are freegans (freegan means we don’t buy anything… we don’t buy things. we just find stuff.).

These two totally different teenagers have been given an assignment from their respective English teachers where they must email each other over several weeks and then write about their experience.

Can a rich girl with a silver spoon in her mouth find anything in common with the laid back boy who has nothing?

Not everything is perfect in Milla’s life. Her father hits her mother, her 11-year-old brother is escaping through dope and there is someone at her window each night. Sim has problems too. His peaceful, hippy, cool “family” is hiding something. After making a grizzly discovery whilst dumpster diving with his foster mum and sister everything starts to freak him out. What should he do?

With no-one else to turn to, Milla and Sim discover that support, trust and friendship don’t require face-to-face contact.

IT’S YR LIFE is a brilliant book for modern technology kids who don’t like to read. Deckert and Bancks wrote the book together corresponding via the internet just like Milla and Sim. Each chapter is an email. There are pictures and news clippings and links to pages on the internet that bring the story to life. Check out the otters holding hands in YouTube!

Tristan Bancks also wrote the Mac Slater, Coolhunter series. Book 1 was reviewed in Issue 11 and Book 2 in Issue 17.


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