Girl Saves Boy

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Where to buy it:
Australian cover
My debut YA novel, Girl Saves Boy, was published in Australia & New Zealand by Text Publishing in September 2010. It has also been translated into  Dutch (by Meulenhoff Boekerij), Spanish (by Random House Mondadori) and Catalan (by La Galera). Here's the blurb:

The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life.

Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?

No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?

With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.

But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

Praise for Girl Saves Boy:
"Beautiful and fresh, Girl Saves Boy is full of the absolute truth—life is complicated. I could not put it down."
Rebecca Stead

"Steph Bowe’s debut is charming and quirky and heartfelt enough to make you catch your breath when you least expect it. Readers will adore Girl Saves Boy and I can’t wait to see what comes next."
Simmone Howell

"Girl Saves Boy is a sweet, compassionate and genuine story about bad things happening to good people. Self-assured, graceful writing; characters you instantly care about; but the magic lies in how a story of tragedy heaped upon tragedy can sustain such a sense of hope and goodness. It’s a girl saves boy and boy saves girl story with zero saccharine."
- Emily Gale

Reviews
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"It's not only the fact that Steph Bowe is 16 that makes this book so arresting. From the heart-aching words of the prologue to the quiet musings of two teenagers on a beach at the end facing an impossibly unfair future, this book is a rare treat of gentle quiet, big-hearted sweetness and great slabs of uncomfortable truths." - Deborah Abela

"I can best describe Girl Saves Boy as being given the most gorgeous looking and delicious chiffon cake baked by an intelligent and sometimes-sad girl. After I devoured it, I was filled with a longing of having tasted something bittersweet and rare, glad of being given such a gift... Luminous." - Shirley Marr, author of Fury

"This debut novel is alive with humour, verve, friendship and romance - not to mention lashings of garden gnome theft and lobster liberation. It is also unabashedly teenaged; the smart and snarky characters are delightfully kooky and have a lot of heart."- Kate, Bean There Read That

"Amazing... I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever wondered about their existence, mortality, and everything in between. And of course, love." - Broede Carmody

"Her writing draws you in and wraps you up in Sacha and Jewel's world. You step into their story and are taken for an emotional ride. It’s sweet and sad, with a touch of sarcasm and teenage angst thrown in for good measure. I loved this book, it’s on the Keeper Shelf." - Natalie Hatch, We Love YA

"This is a stunning debut novel from a 16 year old writer who really knows what she’s doing with her words!... [It] depicts that strange border of youth and adulthood with remarkable clarity and insight." - Just Desserts Reviews

"Girl Saves Boy is a beautiful and amazing book. I can't believe Steph Bowe is only 16... I laughed and cried while reading it. It's funny, poignant, captivating and just a little heartbreaking." - Strange Candy Reviews

"[This book] is worth gushing over and I recommend you pick it up right now!... It is heart-wrenching, captivating and uplifting. The characters are so believable...it even had me forming tears and then a few chapters later laughing out loud." - Good Golly Miss Holly


Steph Bowe's books on Goodreads
Girl Saves BoyGirl Saves Boy
reviews: 53
ratings: 1016 (avg rating 3.66)

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