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‘This is a strong, character-driven story from a talented playwright and novelist, which tackles some hefty issues with lightness and humour. It is an impressive debut.’ Books+Publishing Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other. The winner of the 2016 Text Prize, Beautiful Mess is funny and sad and a bit screwed up and romantic and absolutely real. In other words, a lot like life. Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of YWCA Queensland’s 125 leading women of 2013. ‘A raw, affecting coming-of-age story that starts a conversation about mental health.' Readings ‘Beautiful Mess is a powerful, poignant novel about love, loss, and learning that even though we might feel cracked or broke at times, we are still beautiful...Claire Christian must be commended for tackling some of the most confronting themes in YA with sincerity and heart.’ Written Word Worlds ‘An engrossing read that brings together Ava and Gideon, two emotionally flawed and troubled characters not unlike Libby and Jack in Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe or Eleanor and Park of Rainbow Rowell’s book of the same title.’ Readings ‘Beautiful Mess tackles young adult issues head on, but with a lightness of touch that lifts it from the dark topics it explores. A debut novel with memorable, authentic characters that touch your heart, float into your life and leave you wanting more.’ Magpies ‘A truly touching story of young people trying to navigate their way through real problems. I highly recommend this novel and congratulate Claire on a great debut.’ Lamont Books ‘Claire is such a lovely bubble of positivity. I'm excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.' Danielle Binks, Alpha Reader Beautiful Mess is a stunning read. Claire Christian has delivered a raw and moving debut with beautifully flawed, well-drawn characters who you can’t help but fall in love with.’ Gabrielle Tozer ‘Claire Christian delivers an honest and searing depiction of the flow-on effects of grief...A book with a lot of heart and hope and a useful compass for teens facing similar issues.’ Kids’ Book Review ‘Bittersweet and funny...A beautiful book with important words to say about mental health, love and brokenness.’ Paper Fury ‘Beautiful Mess is a wonderful reflection of complexities of adolescence. Palpable, poignant and captivating, the narration of two adolescents finding moments of solace in one another. Claire Christian is a captivating, compassionate and remarkable debut author composing a narrative that will linger long after the final page.’ Diva Booknerd ‘Beautiful Mess is the most sensitive explanation of depression and how it affects lives that I have ever read. If you read any other book and felt a bit uncomfortable about the depiction of depression, read this one and understand more. Recommend it to your teenagers, your students, your friends with teen kids. It might help them understand and recognise themselves in some of the pages.’ The Sapling ‘Tender and insightful...An enlightened look at youth suicide and mental health.’ New Zealand Herald ‘Claire has created an authentic and informative book for young adults, while also an enjoyable read.’ Tea in the Treetops ‘The characterisation is strong and works wonderfully with the sinuous dialogue. In these darkened lives there are some light and funny moments, cleverly crafted by Claire Christian...All libraries for young adults should stock at least one copy of this book.’ Reading Time ‘A raw, beautifully written story that sensitively tackles grief, suicide, self-harm and first sexual experience.’ NZ Women’s Weekly ‘A funny and sad rom-com that doesn’t sugar-coat the grittier parts of teenage angst.’ Readings Best Young Adult Books 2017 ‘The issues that are tackled in this book are important...Anxiety and depression, self-harm, suicide and grief are covered without making it feel like that’s all the book was written to do.’ Boffins Books ‘Beautiful Mess doesn’t shy away from how rough the teen years can be, but also demonstrates the possibilities of healing and provides quite a few laughs to boot.’ Readings

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Claire Christian
Publisher: Text Publishing
Release: 2017-08-28
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781925410785

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• The 2016 winner of the Text Prize for Children's and YA Writing brings us a raw, funny and truthful take on grief, loss and first love • Gideon is a slam poet with two mums, a Vietnamese half-sister and crippling anxiety. Ava is a Greek girl with a job in a kebab shop, a single dad and a complicated relationship with her dead best friend's brother. Beautiful Mess takes us into the thoughts of two very different teenagers as they realise that the only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other • A witty and warm coming-of-age story for ages 14+ • Claire Christian is a young writer from Brisbane with a passion for embracing diversity, who wants to talk about mental health in a way that feels real and connected to the actual experiences of young people • Beautiful Mess is set to change the way we talk about mental health with young people

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Claire Christian
Publisher: Text Publishing
Release: 2017-08-28
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781925498547

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Imagine what your life would be like if you laughed through all the mayhem? Biracial and bicoastal, Berlinski spent her childhood flying between the dysfunctional families of her divorced parents, always feeling like an outsider. Fortunately, she never lost her sense of humor, which is apparent on every page of her debut essay collection, a riotous and revealing expose of the new normal and the consequences of too much air travel, cultural diversity, and conflicting and conflicted parents. With an open heart, she recounts her somewhat misspent youth and a wildly exciting (though equally torturous) love affair with the guy of her dreams, eventually leaving it all to start again abroad. She s Carrie Bradshaw reimagined as a third grade teacher in Brooklyn with zero interest in Manolo Blahnik. She s a tough New Yorker with a tender twist of California sunshine whose journey will be oddly familiar and utterly unique to anyone who s ever believed that love would save them if not with this guy, then maybe with the next. As her grandfather once said, Well, it may not be the party you hoped for, but since we re here, we might as well dance. So now she lives in Spain and, despite everything, continues to dance through this messy, magnificent life. Say yes to your mess.

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Author: Ali Berlinski
Publisher: Pubslush Press
Release: 2013-05
File: 230 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780988602809

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Author: Ariel Stoltz
Publisher: Lulu.com
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File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781387523177

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"When Jesus was on earth, He painted a radical vision for His followers of an unseen reality. He called it 'the kingdom of God.' Even here, Jesus said - in the harshness and mess of earth - His kingdom is the way things really are. His announcement was nothing less than revolutionary, yet His followers were not quick to pick up on it. They longed for another world - a world without injustice or oppression or poverty. But Jesus said that His kingdom was already happening all around them, through them, andin them. This Beautiful Mess explores what happens when we view our lives through the lens of God's kingdom. We see the beauty of Jesus' reign breaking into the mess of our broken world. We see treasure hidden all around us. We begin to grasp our exciting part in bringing about personal and social transformation for His glory. Come experience a paradigm-shifting journey into the beauty of our King, and the beautiful mess that is His kingdom"--Page [4] of cover.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Rick McKinley
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Release: 2013
File: 184 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781601425690

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A Beautiful Mess is one of the most popular DIY style blogs in the world, with more than 1 million readers. Co-creators (and sisters) Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson share their unique and approachable diet with fans and healthy eaters in this, their first cookbook. Their philosophy involves eating responsibly during the week—avoiding refined flours, sugars, alcohol, and dairy—and indulging on weekends. Vetted by nutritionists and divided into four parts (breakfast, meals, snacks and sweets, and drinks), each containing a weekday and weekend chapter. This one-of-a-kind ebook makes it perfect for anyone looking for a lifestyle change—or simply more healthy and delicious go-to recipes!

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Genre: Cooking
Author: Emma Chapman
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release: 2017-11-07
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781452155760

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Their hot-as-hell hookup is getting a second chance to burn... When attorney Jami Dillon strides into the conference room to meet her new client, she's stopped in her tracks by an all-too familiar figure. Jackson Paige. He's her tall, tattooed, and sexy as sin hook up from law school-who also broke her heart. Jackson Paige, aka Jax Pain, has worked hard to put that unforgettable fling behind him and the nasty secret that made him leave her. Truth is, life as the playboy drummer of Portland's hottest metal band hasn't helped him to forget the fiery, sexy woman who stole his heart. But when he sees the look on her face when she realizes who her new client is, Jax wonders if maybe being this close to her again isn't such a great idea. The explosive chemistry is there, but so are the dark secrets... Rock 'n' Ink series: Beautiful Crazy (Book 1) Beautiful Mess (Book 2) Praise for Beautiful Crazy: "Kasey Lane's debut hits all the high notes! I loved it!"-Megan Crane, USA Today bestselling author of Edge of Control and Devil's Honor "Vibrant and sexy!"-Stefanie London, USA Today bestselling author of the Dangerous Bachelors Club series

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Kasey Lane
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release: 2017-03-07
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781492636533

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In A BEAUTIFUL MESS, Althea Heart takes readers on her tantalizing and tumultuous journey with boys to men, her love for the "street life" while growing up, her video vixen days, her singing career and how she propelled to new heights in real estate and became a Reality TV Star. Althea Heart's road has not always been a pretty one, but in A BEAUTIFUL MESS, she shares her downfalls and her triumphs, being transparent about the life she dreamed of, the life she lived, her current situation, and what she hopes for in the future. In A BEAUTIFUL MESS, Althea even shares her new love goals now that her stint on OWN's "Love Goals" has wrapped, her bond with her son, and how to spot a narcissist. Co-Author, Sonya Jenkins

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Author: Althea Heart
Publisher: Independently Published
Release: 2020-06-30
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9798655991637

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This profound little book encourages us to set aside our limited expectations, and to fall in line with God's. Human beings like organization, structures, plans; God grows people. We ask for a budget; God offers us love. If you are aiming at relationship rather than performance, how do you measure effectiveness? How do you write a mission statement, yet allow God space to act out His plan rather than yours? What does Divine Order look like? Faith in God involves risk, and the possibility that God will do something entirely new. Starting with the seven days of creation, Danielle considers how God's world resembles A Beautiful Mess ' vibrant, full of colour and pulsating with life, but not about propositions. The Christian life is organic, not prescribed. We were not created to work, but to be fruitful. We need to be willing to put ourselves in a position where only God can do what needs to be done, and to have the humility to let God show us what that is.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Danielle Strickland
Publisher: Monarch Books
Release: 2014-08-18
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780857215956

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Can a band comprised of six very talented but very different musicians make a difference with their music? What made it possible for Diamond Rio to weather the storms inherent in the fickle world of fame and fortune and go more than two decades without a single lineup change? Any reader in search of transparency and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the band as a unit as well as the individual lives of the players and singers will be well satisfied. Can true loyalty exist within the competitive, seemingly unforgiving music industry? In Beautiful Mess Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Gene Johnson, and Dana Williams each has an entire chapter devoted to his personal and professional life. The book’s tone is a welcome rarity—not written from one player’s perspective, but from all six as they “meet in the middle.” Beautiful Mess is a wild ride from the edge of disaster and a little-known secret to an ongoing heart-warming revival.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Diamond Rio,
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release: 2009-09-14
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781418585884

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