Puberty Blues () is a novel by the Australian writers Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette. It is their first published book. It has long been controversial with adults. Puberty Blues book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Bestselling author Kathy Lettes debut novel is available in Britain. Puberty Blues is raw, humorous and honest. An Australian classic. 'I don't recall reading Puberty Blues so much as devouring it. I was about.

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    an Australian cult classic. Its popularity means that I can never escape puberty. I' m currently having my fourth. There was my actual puberty, then the book, then. book review. Puberty Blues. By Ingeborg van Teeseling on December 19th, . Author. Gabrielle Carey & Kathy Lette. Publisher. McPhee Gribble. Melbourne. I went to school in the 50's and 60's and Puberty Blues brought back a lot of memories. I cannot say that I was a part of the culture described in the book but I .

    Plot summary[ edit ] The novel is set in Sutherland Shire in the s. Deb and Sue are thirteen-year-old high-school students whose lives are about male surfers, panel vans , straight-leg Levis , skipping school, getting wasted and fitting in. The girls strive to become "surfie chicks", the groupies that hang around the surfer-boy gangs of southern Sydney. Adhering to rules that prevent them from eating or going to the toilet in the surfers' presence, the girls manage to become members of the most prestigious gang, and are assigned boyfriends, but to the boys they are just sexual objects. After Deb suffers a surprise miscarriage, and the introduction of heroin takes its toll on their social group, the girls finally become disillusioned with the sexism and narrow-mindedness of their crowd and decide to become surfers themselves. Themes[ edit ] Puberty Blues addresses the sexism of surf culture and youth culture in general in Australia in the s.

    Your email address will solely be used for verifying the ticket. Puberty Blues stands out For one thing, it focuses on girls. For another, its handling of sexual initiation is realistic in welcome contrast to the raunchy comedy-glamour-fantasy treatment sex is given in other summer offerings.

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    Add Article. Puberty Blues Critics Consensus No consensus yet. Tomatometer Not Yet Available. Share on Facebook. Movie Info Director Bruce Beresford continued his tradition of putting socially disenfranchised characters front and center with this wryly observant comedy drama about middle class Australian teens that served as a stark contrast to the popular American teen films of its day.

    Friends from the Sydney suburb of Cronulla, Debbie Nell Schofield and Sue Jad Capelja are a pair of average schoolgirls who smoke, drink, have sex, and cheat on exams.

    The girls are also striving to become "surfie chicks," the groupies that hang around the surfer boy gangs of southern Sydney, pairing off with the objects of their affection. Adhering to odd rules that prevent them from eating or going to the bathroom in the surfers' presence, the girls get into trouble for their wild behavior, with Debbie eventually fearing that she's pregnant, leading to a fatal overdose of heroin for her boyfriend Garry Geoff Rhoe.

    Ultimately, Debbie and Sue become disillusioned with the sexism and narrow-mindedness of their crowd. Puberty Blues was based on the book of the same name by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, a pair of real-life Sydney teens who wrote newspaper articles under the pseudonym "The Salami Sisters.

    And that's the trouble. The trouble with being a parent of a teenager, then or now, is not knowing. Not knowing what she's really doing behind the closed bedroom door with that boy "He's not my boyfriend, Mum" who seems quite nice and polite.

    Not knowing whether their putting condoms on bananas at school is being applied in real life. Not knowing if the main issue is simply your own insecure attitude towards sex. There are certain things that haven't changed since the '70s and they are the issues: sex, drugs, alcohol, smoking, school.

    The other thing that hasn't changed is the confusion with which parents, me included, deal with those issues. Sex The most shocking aspect of Puberty Blues was the revelation about how young surfie girls were when they started having sex.

    Parents in Sylvania were not happy to find out that their barely pubescent daughters were losing their virginity in the back of panel vans on Cronulla beach. And it wasn't just the surfie chicks - our arch-rivals, the Christian Fellowship nerds, were also having it off at When my own mother realised I was having "relations", she took me straight off to the family planning clinic where a female GP put me on the pill. I was My daughter is Can I imagine myself taking her to an understanding female GP this time next year?

    I'm not sure - I think I'd prefer to put it off for a bit longer. And yet, someone told me recently that the statistic for teenage pregnancy is still one in four. Can that possibly be true?

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    I've been meaning to find out. On the other hand, maybe I don't really want to. The advice from the professionals is that you talk to your teenager about sex. Be open, give them information, talk about the need for protection and staying safe. I'll do it tonight. Grab the opportunity, I told myself. But I stammered, not knowing where to start. Do you want to talk about sex?

    Is that what you want to talk about? So the talk was had. But how much does she know?

    And do I want to know how much she knows? And is it any of my business to know exactly what's going on in her mind and in her life?

    Isn't it part of her right as an individual that I not know? Perhaps teenagers are entitled to a few secrets and lies. If they told us everything all the time, there really would be something wrong.

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    Alcohol The book tells the story of my first encounter with alcohol. Then we held our noses and drank it. Late that night Danny's father delivered us to my mother, who spent the rest of the night listening to us vomit in stereo. I was 13; I didn't drink again until I was Looking back, it was a worthwhile rite of passage. But does my daughter really need to go that far? These days, there are varying attitudes about how to approach the question: you download them alcohol - something light - so at least you know what they're drinking.

    Or you give them sips of wine at the table so they understand that you drink in moderation and with food. Or you ban it completely. So what's the answer? None of the above. And if there ever was an answer, it's no longer an option. School As a teenage rebel, I was not only anti-debut, anti-routine and anti-The System, I was also anti-teacher, anti-school and anti-punctuation sorry, Mrs Allen.

    I chanted along with the times that school needed to be "more relevant". School is irrelevant to the reality of adolescent existence, we said. Trigonometry and ancient history could have no bearing on our present or future. How wrong we were and how sorry I am that the forces behind the shaping of education ever took that chant seriously.

    My daughter had to write her first essay recently. It was on an unspeakably badly written and conceived futuristic novel called Children of the Dust, about the survivors of a nuclear holocaust. One of the main characters was a teenage girl who is left orphaned and responsible for her younger brother. The title of the essay was: "A good book not only tells a good story but teaches you a lesson.

    Some people may see this as relevant, contemporary education. It was probably the kind of thing I was calling for as a teenager.

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