Now Australia's Biggest Toy Shop

Shop over 1.5 Million Toys in our Huge New Range

The Beginner's Guide to Living

New or Used: 3 copies from $17.00
Seventeen-year-old Will is clever but he can't find answers to any of his questions after his mother dies in a car accident. His father seems to be drifting and his older brother stays away from home. And Will just can't get past being either angry or in tears. He finds his mum's old camera and begins taking photos that help him see thing differently. When he meets sixteen-year-old Taryn he falls for her in a big way. On top of that, his mind is exploding with new questions: like so many teenagers, he's desperate for ideas by which he can live and die. Lia Hills' The Beginners Guide to Living is a compelling novel about grief, ideas and experience, about those moments in your life that change you forever.
Product Details

About the Author

Authors Bio, not available


Gr 9 Up-With the sudden death of his mother, Will begins to question everything to find the meaning of life. He grieves as he searches through memory, religion, philosophy, art, and relationships. Still he is able to find no peace or happiness, except when he is with his new girlfriend, Taryn. Too soon that relationship, though vital, begins to wear thin as all Will finds are more questions and no answers. The Beginner's Guide to Life is a novel of someone in true existential crisis. The teen is thrown by the loss of his mother, which he cannot understand. The book is his quest. Its strengths are the relationships. Each and every one feels authentic: the father with his sons, the brotherly rivalry, the couple, but all of that is overshadowed by Will's need for answers. Beautifully written, this novel will appeal to teens who are deep thinkers and questioners.-Melyssa Kenney, Parkville High School, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

After his mother is killed in a traffic accident, high school senior Will feels nothing at first. Then, at his mother's wake, he falls in love with Taryn, the daughter of family friends ("I am the king of bad timing. Only a monster could think of love"). Pained by his loss, frustrated by his father and brother, and confused by his infatuation, Will begins to question life's meaning. His quest draws him to books from the likes of Seneca and Nietzsche, a passionate relationship with Taryn, experimentation with drugs, and some unlikely mentors. In this acutely insightful first novel, Australian author Hill laces Will's pained journey with the questions he lists in a notebook ("Do my mother's memories live in me?"), philosophical quotations, and his own memories of his mother. Almost nothing escape Will's notice (though his perceptiveness alone doesn't produce answers), and the mosaic of imagery and musings in his poetic, staccato narration offers thought-provoking ideas about grief and the universal drive to find a purpose. Although this novel begins with a death, it is a celebration of life, companionship, and love. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Look for similar items by category
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Beginner's Guide to Living on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Back to top