Walking naked / Alyssa Brugman | National Library of Australia
Megan Tuw and her friends are "smart, funny, pretty: everything you could want to be," but when Megan ends up in detention with the high school pariah, Perdita Wiguiggan, she begins to learn that the Freak has something the members of her clique lack. While their surreptitious friendship widens narrator Megan's limited perspective poetry-obsessed Perdita takes her to a university course and to her abusive home , it also creates escalating tension between Megan and her girlfriends. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Australian author Brugman here making her U. Readers will also appreciate that Perdita is not just misunderstood, but truly weird "Keep your breath to cool your porridge, Kitty," she says when Megan tries to explain why they can't hang out at school. Though the friendship between the two never quite reaches the same level of realism, readers will empathize with Perdita, and with Megan when she is ultimately forced to choose.
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Sign up for our newsletters! Brugman accurately and horrifically portrays the high school scene and the peer pressure that is faced while in high school. The protagonist, Megan Tuw, has always been part of the in-crowd. This popularity gives Megan a sense of security and sometimes gets her into trouble, as is the case when she is kicked out of a class for talking. Megan's attitude earns her detention, where she spends time with "the freak" of the high school, Perdita.