Future Leaders of Nowhere, by Emily O’Beirne
Series: Future Leaders of Nowhere #1
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone.
Soon they both realise that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.
High School Camp
Every time I read a book by Emily O’Beirne, I remember why I love reading her books. It’s rarer to find Australian books by Australian writers than it is to find the same of America, but that’s not it. Emily writes characters in YA like you could know these people.
And also she writes bisexual and lesbian characters. She writes them like they were no different to any other YA characters. They still have the same host of surrounding characters and lives that any other person would have.
Finn and Willa are two of the team captains in a camp that is about the Future Leaders, essentially the most intelligent kids from a handful of schools. It seems, at the start, that these girls are not going to get along well at all, but I kinda love Finn here, cause she has a way of pulling people up all the way through that is integral to her character and also helps the plot along more than once.
Willa is harder to decipher, if only because she hides so much of herself behind her living situation and the goal points that she has made for herself. It’s honestly a bit of a surprise for me that she even allows herself to pause long enough to have feelings for Finn, but it’s beautiful when they do.
I also loved that there was no moment when these girls were made fun of for liking each other after the mean boy ratted them out to everyone else.
The book is choc-full of amazing quotes that I just want every single teenager to read for themselves to keep their minds wide open. Honestly, even mean boy Drew was someone I felt sorry for at the end of this, rather than disliking. Emily O’Beirne did a good job of drawing parallels between Willa and Drew enough to create that emotion.
Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey bottles rolling across tables. Needless to say, that singular literary accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.
From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible and tends to harbour crushes on cities more than on people.
Living in an apartment, Emily sadly does not possess her dream writing room overlooking an idyllic garden of her creation. Instead, she spends a lot of her time staring over the screen of her laptop and out the window at the somewhat less pretty (but highly entertaining) combined kebab stand/carwash across the road.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.