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Leo tried to stop me, grabbed my sleeve in the hallway. We nearly had a tug of war with my bag. His face contorted into a ridiculous exaggerated grimace. He looked like one of those tribal masks.

Leo tried to stop me, grabbed my sleeve in the hallway. He looked like one of those tribal masks seemed at a loss for words, and only grunted. Finally he managed: ‘Stupid old jerk. Bearing in mind I don’t have a poker face, at all, I must have shot him a very filthy look. Now that is something Gunther and I have never said to each other. Doesn’t seem to be much point

Kirsten Reed gets under the skin of teenager in love so convincingly, that it's impossible not to believe she's writing about herself. In someway it's The Road by the way of Lolita, with reversed narrator.

Kirsten Reed gets under the skin of teenager in love so convincingly, that it's impossible not to believe she's writing about herself. Ice Age is delicate, honest, simple, funny and tragic.

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There's no pride in spending an ice age by yourself. Jennifer Ash. Author. It's been sitting in my 'drafts' folder ever since. It is my initial intention for GHOST TOWN (. Moon Hill in Text's rights catalog).

The Ice Age. Shortlisted, 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South East Asia and Pacific) for Best First Book. A brilliant new take on the road novel from an exciting Australian debut author. A teenage girl hitches a ride with an older man travelling through middle America. Lyrical, earthy, laced with sly humour and sharp observation, Kirsten Reed's critically acclaimed debut is an irresistible journey through the shining, translucent moment at the end of childhood. For those who care about intelligent, stylish narratives you are in for one hell of a ride. Kirsten Reed was born in 1973 in Seattle. the ice age. Text Publishing Melbourne Australia. The paper used in this book is manufactured only from wood grown in sustainable regrowth forests. She grew up in New Zealand, in Germany and in various parts of the US before moving to Australia as an adult. She now lives in Brisbane with her partner, two cats and various foster animals, and works as a freelance artist and writer. The Ice Age is her first novel. The Text Publishing Company.

So the subject matter of Kirsten Reed’s debut novel couldn’t be more ap.

Reed, however, does a brilliant job with The Ice Age, detailing compellingly and candidly her main character’s life-changing experiences as she travels from town to town encountering a whole host of messed-up characters. As a result it’s a gripping, gritty, occasionally uncomfortable and yet strangely romantic read, as we discover more about our fearless narrator and her changing view of the world.

Narrated by a nameless 17 year old girl this tells of her meandering road trip across contemporary America with Gunther, a much older man. An excellent portrayal of a teenager in love and intriguing; we are not told how or why the trip began and the ending is ambiguous. There are some brilliant descriptions of some really quirky characters who they meet en route. A gripping and poignant debut coming of age novel, this would make a great film! Find similar books Profile.

36-year-old Kirsten's Reeds debut novel is one such book; a supremely cool, completely hypnotic American road trip that we enjoyed so much that we haven't been able to stop going on about it for weeks.

Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. 36-year-old Kirsten's Reeds debut novel is one such book; a supremely cool, completely hypnotic American road trip that we enjoyed so much that we haven't been able to stop going on about it for weeks. is relayed in the pitch-perfect vernacular of a bright and troubled American small-town teen. it's not so much a tale of innocence lost as a tale of innocence buggered into a black hole forever, but Reed has crafted it all into a funny and shocking and spookily moving story of coming-of-age in contemporary America.

`One of the most beautiful and brutal and brilliant portrayals of teenage girlhood I have ever read' Florence Welch, Florence +The Machine She's a young girl who's smart and worldly-wise, and thinks she knows what she wants. He's an older man - old enough, in fact, to be her father. But he's not. As the pair drive aimlessly across middle America, they form an unlikely alliance - but they both know it can't last for ever. `Utterly compelling' The Times `Fiercely unsentimental and intensely romantic' Guardian `Both shocking and deeply felt' Daily Mirror `Sympathetic, sassy and insightful' Financial Times

I bought this book to read as part of the Between Two Books bookclub, which reads books upon the recommendation of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. It seemed like a fun idea so I participated the second book around. I wasn't so sure how interested I was in the book itself but I decided to give it a chance, especially since it was so cheap, even ordered from England.

It's an incredibly well-written, thoughtful, brutally honest novel. Despite the narrator's unique situation of hitchhiking a ride at 17 and traveling the country with a (at first) stranger, I found her relatable and likeable. She is observant, witty, deadpan, and naive, and experiences and reflects upon life as it comes to her. Even traumatic events, she describes very matter-of-factly while at the same time giving a philosophical view of her experiences. The relationship between the narrator and Gunther, the older man with whom she is traveling, is strange, sweet, confusing, and heartbreaking as it walks the line between father-daughter, friend-friend, and lover-lover.

Reed leaves a lot to the imagination as well; the book is written almost as a diary, with the narrator recounting what is currently happening or has very recently happened in her life, not explaining her own past that led her to this situation, nor the detailed past of Gunther and the story's other varied characters.

I read the book twice and it wasn't until I read another's interpretation of the ending until I finally grasped exactly what the book was about. What makes this book truly stunning is that it is not about the girl's journey and the events that happen around her. It is about the fact that she feels these emotions, sees these things, thinks about the world in her own unique way. It is about the fact that we, as humans, all think, feel, observe, and grapple to understand the world, that this is all there is to the world and all there will ever be; each individual person's conception of it. And, for all of us, it will one day abruptly stop.
Watch out folks... this author is a new Salinger, and our nameless picaresque heroine, a female Holden Caulfield. Utterly engaging, our 17 year old adventuress makes all the right moves --- hilarious, inevitable, terrifying and true 17 year old choices... a walking wise/foolish anti-virgin, with cool intelligence, unflinching integrity, ferocious optimism, passionate sexuality, and eagerness to ... well, to LEARN. Nothing deters her from her purpose... to survive, to learn, to find love...and to give love. To know and give herself, even as she she seeks to find herself. At the end, we know she will not let anyone, not even her kindly and perverse older "gentleman protector," Gunther, control her quest:

Alphabet city was just as Gunther and I had left it. Full of junkies walking with their sinking, measured steps, as if they were leaving tracks in the snow. So peaceful, so divine. I wanted to follow one and learn his secret. I sent another message to Gunther. "Gunther," I thought, "it's not what you've got for me, it's what I've got for you. Because I have all this love left over, and nowhere to put it. And he decided not to bite me after all. Silly Gunther. Pointless Gunther. Now I'll just have to find someone who will. ( p 209)

Wowser poetry. Wowser prose. What a read.
It's a little hard not to be unkind about this novel. A coming-of-age story about a seventeen-year-old girl hooking up with a very much older man is asking for trouble. Especially when all they do is drift around America from diner to diner, motel room to motel room, gas station to gas station. Apart from the occasional interlude where the man peremptorily dumps her while he takes off for a few days in search of old girlfriends to shag that's pretty much it.

Along the way many questions for the reader go unanswered (for which, I suppose, we should be grateful because it makes the book shorter). Like, for example, why is he aimlessly driving around America? He's obviously got a bit of dough, has immaculate personal hygiene habits, so why is he choosing to stay in the seediest of motels or else rudely freeloading on old friends, conveniently dotted around remote parts of the country? If I had a young neophyte in tow I'd certainly be wanting to make a bit more of an effort. The biggest question, however, is why is this seemingly intelligent teenager putting up with a thoughtless, self-absorbed and misogynistic moron.

Every novel of this kind has to have a carefully-placed denouement, an incident of catharsis, so this one has too. In this case, however, it has precisely the opposite effect of what's intended by coming across as a breath of fresh air after all the repetitive claustrophobia of what's gone before. Fortunately, it also signals that we're getting near the end.

Kirsten Reed gets the extra star from me because in spite of everything I've said she's not really a bad writer; she just thinks her subject-matter's more worthy and interesting than it is. Curiously, I read only recently another novel narrated by a teenage girl, the unforgivably-underrated Matilda Savitch Mathilda Savitch: A Novel - a true masterpiece of modern fiction if ever there was one. If you've read the Ice Age or are even half-tempted by it from other reviews on here Matilda Savitch will instead show you how it's done.