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Breaking Up

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It's just like Dad's gone off to work early or something. And in the evening, its like he's away on a business trip. Except it isn't the same, because Mum's trying too hard to be cheerful and capable, and the girls are still trying hard not to cry, and there's a kind of space behind everything we do, a gap we don't know how to fill, a big unsureness about everything, about why we're all here together, and I catch Alexa watching Mum, just watching her, as if she's afraid she might leave home too.

Teenage Fliss is caught in an unbearable situation. While her little sisters are too young to know what is going on, Fliss can see that their parents' relationship is degenerating into hatred and recrimination. To mentally escape from this nightmare, she begins to lean too heavily on her boyfriend Simon, making him the single most important thing in her life. Eventually, although he cares, the pressure becomes too much and Simon leaves Fliss to face her problems on her own.

Breaking Up has an inherent and endearing honesty about teenage emotional needs and doesn't shrink from describing the extent of the unhappiness that Fliss experiences. But the book is also about the emergence of hope and maturity. Fliss comes to realise some hard and uncomfortable truths. She understands that growing up is about realising that there is no longer anyone who can tell you that "everything is going to be alright". She knows that sometimes things will work out and sometimes they won't but whatever happens, she will be stronger in the end.

This is a book that teenagers will devour, but its readability shouldn't take away from its quality as issue-based fiction for young people. Breaking Up and the character of Fliss in particular should have a huge emotional resonance with anybody who is, or was, a teenager and the thoughts, regrets and situations contained in it are ones that we can all remember and relate to.--Rachel Ediss

Kate Cann, is the author of the tremendously successful Coll and Art trilogy, Diving In, In the Deep End and Sink or Swim.

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Paperback Editions

February 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Breaking Up
Author(s): Kate Cann
ISBN: 0-7043-4976-0 / 978-0-7043-4976-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Livewire Books for Teenagers
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June 2001 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Breaking up
Author(s): Kate Cann
ISBN: 0-7043-4648-6 / 978-0-7043-4648-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Breaking Up
Author(s): Kate Cann
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