One True Thing

  • Title: One True Thing
  • Author: Nicole Hayes
  • ISBN: 9780857986887
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • One True Thing When is a secret not a secret When your whole life is public Frankie is used to being a politician s daughter but it s election time so life s crazier than usual Add a best friend who s being weirdl
    When is a secret not a secret When your whole life is public Frankie is used to being a politician s daughter, but it s election time, so life s crazier than usual Add a best friend who s being weirdly distant, a brother to worry about, and the fact that Frankie s just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy who later turns up at band practice to interview her aboutWhen is a secret not a secret When your whole life is public Frankie is used to being a politician s daughter, but it s election time, so life s crazier than usual Add a best friend who s being weirdly distant, a brother to worry about, and the fact that Frankie s just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy who later turns up at band practice to interview her about her music Jake seems to like Frankie really like her But then everything crumbles Photos appear of Frankie s mum having secret meetings with a younger man and she refuses to tell the public why With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out the truth even if it means losing Jake See at randomhouse books n

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    About Nicole Hayes


    1. Nicole Hayes is a writer, writing teacher and public speaker based in Melbourne Her novels include The Whole of My World, longlisted for the 2014 Gold Inky Award and shortlisted for 2014 YABBAs and One True Thing, a CBCA Notable book for 2016 and the winner of the 2015 Children s Peace Literature Award, and shortlisted for the WA Premier s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction She co edited an anthology of footy stories with Alicia Sometimes, From the Outer Footy like you ve never heard it 2016 , and together they ve a new book for girls about the AFL Women s competition, A Footy Girl s Guide to the Stars of 2017 She is a Stella Prize Schools Program Ambassador, and one sixth of the first all women AFL podcast, The Outer Sanctum.


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    1. For those of you who follow my reviews, it will be no secret that I adored Nicole Hayes's debut novel, The Whole of My World. She had a big job ahead of her to equal the emotional impact and engagement of that first effort - and she has absolutely achieved it.When I finished One True Thing, I immediately wanted to read it again. Not because I felt like I had missed anything, but because I didn't want to let the characters go. In Frankie, Hayes has constructed a young woman who is smart, funny, v [...]

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    2. What do I think?I think that Nicole Hayes has done an amazing thing - she has taken a subject that many teenagers would find dry and dusty, and she's turned it into an intriguing, heartfelt, gripping teenage relationship/ friendship/ romance, with a serving of political intrigue on the side.Just as Nicole's first book, The Whole of my World, was not entirely about footy, One True Thing is also not about politics - but at the same time it really is. What gets me every time about both these books [...]

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    3. This is another one of those OzYA books that I've been meaning to read for a thousand years and have only just gotten around to. And having just finished it, I'm left with "this was decent, but not great". Except here's the thing: for me? It probably SHOULD have been great. (view spoiler)[So the big plot point here is that Frankie's mother, who's running for Premier of Victoria, is photographed with a much younger man. The media assumes that she's having an affair. Except that the plot twist is [...]

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    4. I so enjoyed this contemporary YA exploration of family life set in the harsh world of modern Australian politics. Frankie, the teenage daughter of the Premier of Victoria, must navigate the blurred lines between private and public life always conscious of what she says and does. There's extra pressure to get things right as her mother faces particularly harsh scrutiny as a woman in leadership. Frankie understands you never know who's watching or who might have a camera.When vicious political co [...]

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    5. ‘One True Thing’ is the second novel from Australian young adult author Nicole Hayes. I actually finished reading this book a month or so ago, but I’ve been so far behind in my review-writing that I’m only now getting round to it moved to sing this book’s praises both because it’s great, and because a recent event helped me form my opinions about Hayes’ novel. Victoria’s first (and to date, only) female Premier died recently. Joan Kirner wasn’t politically perfect – among her [...]

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    6. What a fantastic book! I really didn't know what I was getting into when I started it but within a few pages I had fallen straight into the story, forgetting what was happening in the real world. To be honest, when I read the blurb and realised it was set in a political scene, with the Victorian Premier as the main characters mother, I didn't expect that I would find the story and the characters so real and believable. But they were. Frankie had such an authentic voice, and she bloody annoyed me [...]

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    7. Following her debut novel The Whole of My World, Nicole Hayes continues to imbue an Australian sensibility in One True Thing; although set in Melbourne and toying with Victorian politics, Frankie's story is relatable country-wide. Even if you're not politically-inclined -- like myself -- Frankie's struggles to be herself amid family, friend, and love problems are the main act that just happen to be set against a backdrop involving state politics.

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    8. Crossposted to Imaginary Misadventure here.One True Thing is the sophomore contemporary YA offering from a compelling emergent feminist voice in YA publishing. Nicole Hayes writes about women operating in spheres where they aren't expected to be or necessarily welcome, and I couldn't get enough of how she handled the minefield of women in politics in One True Thing. I literally gritted my teeth when I read the smarmy political blogger Seamus Hale asked Frankie's mum about playing, 'the gender ca [...]

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    9. There’s so much I admire about this novel.Its structure, layers and pacing are just terrific. There are so many things going on - so many relationship dynamics - and each receive the page time and attention they deserve. Frankie is a fabulous character: passionate and likable, with flaws she doesn't even recognise - at least at first. It's these flaws as much as the events around her that cause the greatest tension in Frankie's life, and they lead her to some tough lessons about compromise and [...]

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    10. Gah! This is the problem with reading one book after another. It's only been 5 days since I read this, and yet, the three books I have started and (some that) finished since then means I get all the characters and plot-lines confused in my head. (note to self: Write the darned review right away).Okay, so I started this on a plane, and had to keep reading and finish it that same night. SO I invested in Frankie's story, and liked that it was more about her family than her love interest.I also very [...]

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    11. Frankie is the daughter of the current Premier of Victoria, a woman who was chosen by her party after the previous Premier resigned to spend more time with his family. Now there’s an election coming up where the people have to vote to return Frankie’s mother to make her the first elected female Premier of the state. Everything in their life at the moment revolves around politics and image. Frankie’s mother is subjected to rather vicious attacks from radio and print shock jocks, there are a [...]

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    12. This is a book set in Melbourne, about a sixteen year old girl who adores nineties grunge music, whose mum is Victoria's Premier, and running to keep the position, and has queer characters. How could Inothave adored this book? Not only does it cater to my love affair with Melbourne and all things set in Melbourne, but it also lets me love Melbourne in a political setting! I so, so loved this book.Hayes' made something lovely here. Not only are all the characters believable (and by this, I mean, [...]

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    13. A really great read - a fascinating and believable story which slowly revealed itself and, while I had a sense of where it was going, the layers within made it richer and less 'linear'. A great range of characters (not too many to become confusing, but plausible in the context of each person's life), all with distinctive and well drafted personalities (including great dialogues). There were enough decisions and emotional layers to keep it interesting, and learn something from, without being too [...]

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    14. Unlike in my teaching days, there is no earthly reason for me to continue to read YA, particularly as there's so much quality adult fiction beckoning me. Point is, I enjoy it and I am lucky enough to have a daughter who cherry picks the best for me - and Nicole Hayes' 'One True Thing' is certainly up there with that best. I admit it that this tome occasionally gave me the irrits, especially when it came to the kids involved and their music - but I also openly admit that, in places, especially to [...]

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    15. I had wanted to read this book since I first saw the cover reveal on twitter a few months ago, don’t judge me we all love nice covers. Researching further I discovered that this book is an Australian YA Contemporary set in my home city of Melbourne. The beautiful cover, book set in my home city what else do I really need? I was already sold but then the book went deeper taking on topics of family and politics. I’ve been interested in politics for a while , I know it’s a subject that can bo [...]

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    16. Full review at alexfairhill.One True Thing is a great story with a relatable protagonist who draws the reader into current, relevant and topical issues: the media, its treatment of women in politics, and the effect of negative coverage on families.Frankie, 16, is the daughter of Rowena Mulvaney, who, after being elevated to Premier of Victoria by her party, is running to be the first elected female premier of the state. Other than this, Frankie is your average teenage girl: she’s into music, h [...]

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    17. *An ARC was provided by Netgalley. All comments are my own. Frankie is a high school student who happens to have a mum who is running to be the first elected female Premier of Victoria. The story centres around her life and how she copes as a daughter of someone as popular as that of a celebrity. There is of course something akin of a scandal that could rock and roll her family apart. But everything isn't all that it seems and it is through this ordeal that Frankie will learn to accept what's be [...]

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    18. I really loved the feminist elements to this, and the really unique exploration of politics and family. BUT I wasn't a big fan of Frankie as a main character, and the book itself felt quite long and a little disjointed with all the different issues going on. Still, if you want to read about Aussie politics, family and/or friendship, this is your book.

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    19. This book was interesting. Most of the characters kind of bugged me and the blurb made it seem like there would be more of a focus on Frankie and Jakes relationship then I felt there actually was. But I loved all the chapter titles and the politics was interesting.

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    20. An enjoyable read. It is contemporary and I liked the Melbourne setting. The twist halfway through is fascinating. A book published this year, written by a female author.

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    21. Review cross-posted to my blog: cydoniak/2015/0Plot Summary: Frankie's mum is running for state premier and the election is coming up so life is crazier than normal. Frankie's true passion is music, and her band has the opportunity to audtion for the Battle of the Bands, so the last thing she needs is the hot guy she embarrassed herself in front of showing up to interview their band, having fights with her friends, and photos of her mum surfacing that the media have a field day with. Frankie wan [...]

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    22. I’ve never had the slightest interest in being involved in politics, but it’s always been part of my life. My parents would discuss politics the same way they would talk about the latest news and now, as a journalist, I frequently report on political issues. Politics isn’t exactly a hot topic among teens though, so it was refreshing to see Australian politics explored so uniquely in a young adult novel. But if politics isn’t your thing, One True Thing is still a fabulous contemporary nov [...]

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    23. Nicole Hayes is a magnificent rising force in Australian Publishing. One True Thing is an all encompassing tale of truths and untruths, perception versus reality and how to not go "Amanda-Bynes-Twitter-Melt-Down-crazy" when life hands you so many lemons you could create your own brand of lemonade. Frankie is a 16 year old Rock Goddess with dreams of taking her band to great and dizzying heights. And whilst the music never lets her down, Frankie soon finds that people are a different story. Being [...]

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    24. One True Thing by Nicole Hayes is perfectly in check with the two most important things I hanker after in a smart, engaging young adult novel: plenty of dialogue and relevant social themes. The novel is set in Melbourne, and is one of those rare works of Australian fiction where you can tell the story is taking place down under, but the author doesn’t shove it in your face with references to iced volvos and wombats on the second page. I was lured in by the narrative and cared about the charact [...]

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    25. I was excited to read this book (thanks ABC radio) as I'd heard good stuff - strong females, politics, local setting. And there were definitely some enjoyable elements But I also feel it was a bit forced, and a tad self indulgent. I really feel the author wrote this book for herself (90s music, guitar brands, women's refuges, perfect daughter - swimmer and musician) and at times it almost bordered on bragging. And I feel this got in the way of a good story (well I became hung up on it). This is [...]

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    26. I sort of wavered between three and four stars this time around, and ended up settling for four because there is nothing really terrible about this book, and I couldn't justify rating a three when that's pretty low for me. I felt like Frankie could have grown a little more, but she did make some pretty startling revelations about herself and her family. I couldn't understand the fixation with Pearl Jam, because they're not exactly a favorite haha. Still a good contemporary read that wasn't too o [...]

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    27. Being a bit older and having been actively involved in elections I could feel for the characters in this book. While politics wont be all teenagers ideal setting this book deals with so many more issues as well as related outcomes. Frankie, the premiers daughter is the leader of a rock band and we see the results of dirty journalism through her eyes.A really strong read for middle secondary students.

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    28. One True Thing is a very engaging YA coming-of-age/family drama with some incredibly relevant social themes including the impact social media, influence of sensationalist journalism in shaping public opinion, gender discrimination in politics, and the very blurry line between professional profile and privacy for public figures.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this contemporary YA novel.

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    29. This book was really good. It was hardly about politics, which is great! It teaches you good lessons Don't let other people's false words get to you, and family is more important no matter what. I love this book and I love the romance

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    30. *3.5*This was a nice book but nothing particularly amazing. It did have an interesting plot though which I really enjoyed. Click on the link to see my full review --> gabbythedauntlesswarlock.word

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