*Thanks to NetGalley and Pantera Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* 'I Had Such Friends' is a haunting, sad book, with elements of hope. Ultimately, the book highlights the redemptive power of love. The protagonist is 17-year-old Hamish Day who lives on a failing cabbage farm in a rural seaside town, I believe in NSW, though I don't know if it is every overtly stated. The novel starts with the death of beloved teenager, Charlie Parker, in a road accident. As the town and high school mourn Charlie, Hamish discovers more about himself and the people around him. Hamish's high school years have not been kind to him and, alongside with his sidekick, Martin, he is relentlessly bullied - both physically and verbally. It is a beautiful story, but not without tragedy.