Laura Elvery reviews 'You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About' by Daniel Herborn

Laura Elvery reviews 'You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About' by Daniel Herborn

You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About

by Daniel Herborn

HarperCollins, $17.99 pb, 352 pp, 9780732299507

Surely Mandy and Tim have met before. Floundering during her gap year, Mandy mostly watches daytime television and works at a sandwich shop. Tim, who is repeating Year Twelve under the guardianship of his uncle, tries to deal with teachers and assignments, and to move on from a nightmare year. Both characters are effusive about their love of music.

Mandy and her best friend have attended dozens of gigs in inner-western Sydney. Tim is now a solo musician after years of playing in bands. Before he steps onstage for a weeknight band competition, Tim observes Mandy across the room. Mesmerised, he knows he will remember this 'one-two punch' moment. Following Mandy and Tim as they build a relationship, Daniel Herborn does a terrific job of representing the intensity of their physical attraction. Later, events from Tim's past threaten the swift and blissful start to their relationship.

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Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery is a PhD candidate and tutor at Queensland University of Technology. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Award, and twice been shortlisted for the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers. Laura was joint winner of the QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize, and was shortlisted for the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. Her novel was selected for the 2013 QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.