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Money can't buy you love, but sometimes you find one when you think you need the other. Georgia's fifteenth year starts in pursuit of money (for a trip to see her favourite band), and ends with an unexpected pay-off - first love. Money can't buy you love, but sometimes you find one when you think you need the other. Georgia's fifteenth year starts in pursuit of money (for a trip to see her favourite band), and ends with an unexpected pay-off - first love.


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Money can't buy you love, but sometimes you find one when you think you need the other. Georgia's fifteenth year starts in pursuit of money (for a trip to see her favourite band), and ends with an unexpected pay-off - first love. Money can't buy you love, but sometimes you find one when you think you need the other. Georgia's fifteenth year starts in pursuit of money (for a trip to see her favourite band), and ends with an unexpected pay-off - first love.

30 review for With Lots of Love from Georgia

  1. 4 out of 5

    kit

    If Seinfeld was an Australian YA book about a fifteen year old girl whose main aim in life is to save enough money for tickets to a pop concert, this might be it. Well, okay, not really, but Seinfeld was famed for being about 'nothing', and in a way this book is about nothing, too. That's not say it's boring, and there's certainly a lot of different threads - but rather than focus on any of these, it's more about Georgia's journey through. Georgia lives with her mum. Her dad died when she was youn If Seinfeld was an Australian YA book about a fifteen year old girl whose main aim in life is to save enough money for tickets to a pop concert, this might be it. Well, okay, not really, but Seinfeld was famed for being about 'nothing', and in a way this book is about nothing, too. That's not say it's boring, and there's certainly a lot of different threads - but rather than focus on any of these, it's more about Georgia's journey through. Georgia lives with her mum. Her dad died when she was young, and her mum remains fixated on her dad's memory. She's close to her grandad, but the rest of her family drive her a bit mad - her crazy aunt, her other aunt and uncle, who can't stop fighting, and her cousin Gilda, limp and disappearing under the weight of her parents' constant battles. Georgia's best friend is Mel, a vegan girl with acne who understands Georgia's anguish at not looking like everyone else, except Mel is a) in love and b) going to the beach for the summer, leaving Georgia all alone. Feeling alone, Georgia starts to make lists. Useful lists and silly lists and wishful lists, all in a yellow journal. Her aim is to save up enough money to see her favourite band, Natural Affinity, in Melbourne, which prompts a string of jobs over her lonely summer. She hangs out with the cool kids but still feels inferior. She and her mum tiptoe around the subject of her dad. And, obviously, there's a boy. I still couldn't say the book was about any of these things: mostly, it's about all of these things to some extent, but moreover it's a kind of coming of age, as Georgia comes to terms with her family, her friends, and herself. On occasion I found her narrative voice to be annoying, but the more I thought about it the more I think Lowry got it spot on. There's an edge to some of the things she says, a kind of self-righteous defensiveness, that reminded me of someone I knew when I was a teenager. But then a lot of the things that Georgia is dealing with - insecurities about her weight and appearance, growing apart from her best friend, simultaneously wanting and not-wanting to be like everyone else - reminded me of the same person, so although it was a little bit annoying at times it did in fact ring true for me. That's not to say Georgia is an annoying character - it's easy enough to sympathise with her, and I liked that there wasn't a miracle makeover involved at any point, and that the boy wasn't used simply to fix all of her problems. Her changing relationship with Mel was also interesting, and there were some nice moments between Georgia and her grandad. My only real issue was that although Georgia's voice rang true, some of the conversations didn't. Some of the conversations between the teenage characters sounded very obviously written by an adult, and rather than have conversations develop a character would just say everything they needed to say in one go, or offer up a handy pseudo-psychological reasoning for their actions, one of those "I'm sorry I yelled but I guess growing up with a violent father means I don't know how to handle my emotions properly" moments that seems unlikely to ever come out of someone's mouth in real life. Georgia and her mother handily resolve an issue that's been simmering for most of the book in less than two pages, going from full-blown yelling and accusations to hugs and forgiveness without the reader ever having to blink. As a light, realistic coming of age story, this is certainly worth a read, and was perfect for a lazy weekend. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as the other Lowry book I have read (Follow The Blue), it's still a fun slice of contemporary YA. Overall rating: 6/10 Originally published here: http://bibliotekit.blogspot.co.uk/201...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A book written in diary form about a girl called Georgia??? No way! Somehow I swear I have heard of something like this before. I would say actually thats as far as it goes for similarities but they are both funny too. But then in the end they are actually completely different. So Georgia is actually an interesting person. She has a very eventful life and luckily we get to know all about and it is actually pretty good. I myself write a lot of lists too and so I find Georgia to be an incredibly re A book written in diary form about a girl called Georgia??? No way! Somehow I swear I have heard of something like this before. I would say actually thats as far as it goes for similarities but they are both funny too. But then in the end they are actually completely different. So Georgia is actually an interesting person. She has a very eventful life and luckily we get to know all about and it is actually pretty good. I myself write a lot of lists too and so I find Georgia to be an incredibly relatable character. This book is actually really short and it's very interesting and exciting and so I basically just sat down and read this book in one setting. It's definitely a good read. I first saw this book on a poster of finalists for the New Zealand Post book awards and so I picked it up and read it and the good news is it actually won the award for 2006. Which just goes to show how good of a book it is. I have to say there is a little bit of a surprise in this book. Which is a really interesting one and when it happens you can actually see that yes all the signs were there. I don't know if anyone else was expecting it but I wasn't. Overall, Brigid Lowry does a fantastic and absolutely splendid job of writing about Georgia. This book is a really light read and I think it would best be suited for a holiday read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marisabel Bonet-Cruz

    While I enjoyed the book, I felt it wasn't as cohesive as I prefer. There were many topics I wanted Georgia to explore more, such as her dad and her mom. At times, the book didn't seem to be about anything tangible. However, sometimes a book can be enjoyable without being a straight story. I truly enjoyed the use of lists and found the characters believable. I'm glad it ended as it did and will read more books by this author. I love books about life and its upside down flips. Have a great day... While I enjoyed the book, I felt it wasn't as cohesive as I prefer. There were many topics I wanted Georgia to explore more, such as her dad and her mom. At times, the book didn't seem to be about anything tangible. However, sometimes a book can be enjoyable without being a straight story. I truly enjoyed the use of lists and found the characters believable. I'm glad it ended as it did and will read more books by this author. I love books about life and its upside down flips. Have a great day...! Personal note: I got this book from St. Vincent De Paul in Bendigo. Cheers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Jordan

    OMG! I am still in touch with my inner teenager. This was a great read if only I was still 15. I am not, but I liked it anyways! ( Not sure if I should be worried by the fact that I could identify with the 16 year old main character.) She writes a lot of super cute lists and has an innocent slightly sarcastic way of narrating. The book is sweet it feels like an all night gab session with your bff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alice F

    I don't even know why I stated reading this book, but it was lying around so I gave it a go. So in the beginning, I hated this book. The main character (Georgia) was annoying, rude and well, a miserable person to be around. I DID NOT like her. Seriously, she made me soo angry! The book did improve, as Georgia became a better person. And I must say the ending actually wasn't too bad. I don't even know why I stated reading this book, but it was lying around so I gave it a go. So in the beginning, I hated this book. The main character (Georgia) was annoying, rude and well, a miserable person to be around. I DID NOT like her. Seriously, she made me soo angry! The book did improve, as Georgia became a better person. And I must say the ending actually wasn't too bad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Such a sweet read, the book didnt really go anywhere though. I loved reading georgias little rants and feelings; and the words she used! Sometimes she seemed abit older than 15. But overall i really enjoyed it for a bit of light reading. I would recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Meh. 2.5 stars, rounded up because I can't actually pinpoint why I didn't really enjoy it. I just couldn't get into it, but it wasn't the worst thing ever. Meh. 2.5 stars, rounded up because I can't actually pinpoint why I didn't really enjoy it. I just couldn't get into it, but it wasn't the worst thing ever.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Healey

    This was sweet and fun and sharp and hilarious, and it went in a completely different direction from where I thought it was going, which was *awesome*. One thing I noticed - it's not exactly that physical "defects" are depicted as relationship dampeners, or "She gopt the makeover and then she got the guy!" because a dude is interested in the big girl before she loses weight and the girl who had acne breaks up with the guy she was with and the gorgeous girl doesn't get the guy she was after at fir This was sweet and fun and sharp and hilarious, and it went in a completely different direction from where I thought it was going, which was *awesome*. One thing I noticed - it's not exactly that physical "defects" are depicted as relationship dampeners, or "She gopt the makeover and then she got the guy!" because a dude is interested in the big girl before she loses weight and the girl who had acne breaks up with the guy she was with and the gorgeous girl doesn't get the guy she was after at first. BUT BUT the big girl *does* lose weight and the acne-ridden girl *does* go through a nearly miraculous cure and I found the celebration of that a little problematic, however true to life. But it's a wonderful book and Georgia is a fantastic narrator, engaging and witty and perfectly judged.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ania

    This book was somewhere between OK ( 2 stars) and Like (3 stars) for me. The beginning wasn't so good at all and it took about 20% of the book to finally get things going. There are many characters; most are not memorable at all. On the other hand Georgia is great, fun and entertaining. I wish her weird Lists began earlier, they were really amusing :). This book was somewhere between OK ( 2 stars) and Like (3 stars) for me. The beginning wasn't so good at all and it took about 20% of the book to finally get things going. There are many characters; most are not memorable at all. On the other hand Georgia is great, fun and entertaining. I wish her weird Lists began earlier, they were really amusing :).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Toropov

    Although i dont normally read books like this because i have no interest in them, i actually found this book quite amusing and pretty cute. although sometimes it seemed like Georgia thought a little too much of herself i really liked it at the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lan

    This was my favorite book in middle school. Although it has nothing for the me now, I still like to dwell in the memories of this one! So many good vibes and morals about being confident and loving yourself! Recommend for teens!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I feel like I hit a dud run of books. Georgia is a fairly typical teenage girl with her fair share of teenage problems. Rather than crossing any momentous events the book rather covered a year of her life. Perhaps if I was 15 again I would relate to the story a bit better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    At first I thought the book was a little boring as I read less then 50 pages in 2 days but then I got really into it and found out is is an amazing book

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tetty

    ...she's such a strong girl!!.. ...she's such a strong girl!!..

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    6/10

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maddalenah

    Nice, but not great. I was hoping for something a bit more original and interesting, but is just good teenage fiction.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Best book ever!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    I think that this book is great for young girls 13 to 16 I read it and thought what a great book awesome book that I have read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin Hannah

    Favourite book as a young teenager!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    It was a while ago i read it so i don't remember much but i think it was ok. I could relate to alot to Georgia. It was a while ago i read it so i don't remember much but i think it was ok. I could relate to alot to Georgia.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  24. 5 out of 5

    spacenaiads

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leah Mishewski

  27. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Tappy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annelise

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ella

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