Departure by Emily
O'Beirne Genre: YA Contemporary (LGBT) Release Date: June 16th 2016 Ylva Publishing
Summary from Goodreads: In this young adult novel, to be released June
2016, best friends Kit and Liza have been looking forward to this trip forever.
Five girls, five tickets overseas. It’s exactly what they all need after the
final slog of high school. But when Kit’s suddenly forced to drop out, Liza’s
left with three girls she barely knows.
There’s Mai, committed only to partying. There’s Tam, who already has her
doubts about leaving her sick father behind. And there’s Olivia, so miserable
about screwing up exams she’s not even sure she wants to get out of bed, let
alone on a plane. Meanwhile Kit’s stuck working double shifts to pay off a
debt, wondering if she’ll ever get it together.
All Liza wants from this trip is to discover a new version of herself. She just
hadn’t planned on doing it without Kit by her side.
And they’re all learning that travel isn’t just about the places you go, but
who you’re with at the time.
Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to
write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly
scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her
teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen
handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody
saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey
bottles rolling across tables. Needless to say, that singular literary
accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.
From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works
part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with
her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible
and tends to harbour crushes on cities more than on people.
Living in an apartment, Emily sadly does not possess her dream writing room
overlooking an idyllic garden of her creation. Instead, she spends a lot of her
time staring over the screen of her laptop and out the window at the somewhat
less pretty (but highly entertaining) combined kebab stand/carwash across the
road. (from the publisher’s website)