by Lili Wilkinson
Penny Drummond aspires to be a prize-winning journalist. In the meantime, she's honing her skills on the school paper. When she discovers a boy at her school is posting anonymous messages on a love-shy forum, Penny believes she has found just the story she needs.
Her mission: find him, fix him, feature-article him.
Next stop: Pulitzer Prize.
But what will become of Penny's journey-of-the-soul article if the love-shy boy is not who she expects? And what if her soul might be in need of a little attention as well?
Looking at Love-shy now, all cute and snuggled up on the shelf next to A Pocketful of Eyes, I don’t think it’s that difficult to see how my misconceptions of this book might have been birthed.
Like its predecessor, Love-shy is a burst of colour, unapologetically eye-catching. There’s a girl on the cover that looks like she just stepped off a tram on Swanston Street. A terrarium. A silhouetted figure, the sole muted spot in a sea of brightness. It’s called “Love-shy”, for crying out loud. A glance over the blurb and I thought I had it all worked out: Brash, assertive girl + shy, retiring guy = quirky romantic comedy.
2.I have to start by saying that I love, love, loved this book! I was hooked from the very beginning when we're introduced to the narrator of this story, Penny Drummond, a sixteen year old student at East Glendale Secondary College. Penny is a top student, co-captain of year ten, she writes for the gazette and usually gets the front page story, she plays oboe in the orchestra, she's a super swimmer, she's the best debater and has never lost a debate. She plans on becoming a journalist and she looks up to women such as Nellie Bly and Katherine Graham.