Lonesome When You Go

Storylines Notable Book Awards 2017

Mākaro Press, 2016

Paige plays bass in her high school rock band Vox Pop, which means keeping a steady rhythm even in their most raucous rock and roll moments. 

But in the tense build-up to the Rockfest competition, Paige finds she can’t control everything in her life, no matter how hard she practises and how loud she plays. The great weight of her expectations hang heavy from her guitar strap. 

Lonesome When You Go is a novel about practising solo, performing like a rock star and how contributing your best self to something can create a force greater than the sum of its parts.

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“Refreshingly upbeat… [Paige], like the narrative, is eminently likeable; her voice articulate without being apologetic.” – Magpies

“… the whole story pounds with the beat of the band” – Around the Bookshops

“Well written, witty, perceptive and real… Musos will love this book and it will fill a gap in many school collections.” – Bob’s Book Blog

“Paige is a wonderful, strong but complex heroine, her world is believable, yet immersing. I look forward to more books from this author.” 

“I couldn’t wait to get back to the book every day…  I absolutely loved the main character, Paige. It made me look back at my teenage self with more empathy and tenderness.”

“…done with verve, lightness of touch, wry humour and at times it looks to me like real insight to the cultural seriousness of musical competition and identity..”  – Goodreads

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