The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland.
Fab. Sad. Funny. Brave. Honest.
This memoir is a good example of why some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue parenting and why the Australian foster system is terribly flawed. It’s a story of childhood resilience and survival in the hands of dysfunctional parents, a heavy subject which the author manages to infuse with light humour so that it doesn’t come across as a misery tale but one of self-awareness and growth. I’ll be giving it to my daughters to read when they’re old enough because like me, they often forget how fortunate they are. It should put a stop to their occasional outbursts of “I wish I had a different mother!”