This story follows Hamish, a self described scrawny farm kid loser who hates farming, during his last year of high school. We journey with Hamish as he discovers his sexuality, self-identity and true friendship. This story is filled with grief, hate, and heartbreaking sadness.
Things I liked:
♥ Going on Hamish’s journey with him. ♥ Hamish’s self confidence and self-worth growing as the story progressed. ♥ Hamish learning how to let people into his heart again. ♥ Hamish figuring out the whole friendship thing and making a lifelong meaningful and healing friend in Annie. ♥ Peter finding comfort, friendship, and someone he could confide in with Hamish.
Things I disliked / made me sad:
I feel Peter should have been able to end up in the flat with Hamish and Annie. He could have done labouring work, while Hamish and Annie attended Uni. The story would have still carried valuable messages, but have left your heart warmed in the end.
I had such friends was a beautiful story and I did really enjoy it, I just feel it doesn’t offer any kind of hope to a person in Peter’s situation. Peter was without a doubt my favourite character in the story. I liked Hamish and Annie. But I loved peter. Even in our much more progressive modern society people in Peter’s situation still do not make it out, that’s why in my mind his character should have.
Who would like this story: Anyone who wants to read something ‘real’ feeling. Anyone into ‘day in the life’ style contemporary reads. #LoveOZYA aficionados. #AusQueerYA aficionados.
Trigger Warnings: child abuse, homophobia, bullying, death and suicide.
I will be keeping an eye out for more books by Meg Gatland-Veness and am keen to read what she writes next.