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They Told Me I Had To Write This

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Author:  Kim Miller

Clem is a boy in strife. Blamed for the death of his mother, carrying a terrible secret from Grade 5 and in trouble with the police, he’s now in a school for toxic teenagers. And that rev-head school counsellor wants him to write letters.

   Through his writing Clem goes deep into the trauma that has defined his life. Then he comes face to face with his mother’s death.

   In a rush of bush bike racing, the death of one student and the consequent arrest of another, an unexpected first girlfriend, and some surprising friendships, Clem's story is the celebration of a boy who finds an unexpected future.

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Mar 23,2013

A very touching book that is helpful to all teenagers. The beggining is a bit boring but it soon gets very suspensing and interesting. It does contain violence, drugs and sexual abuse so I do suggest it for mature readers.

Oct 24,2011

‘They told me I had to write this’ is a story about a teenage boy named Clem. He lives with his father and has been sent to a school for ‘toxic teens’. He doesn’t have a great relationship with his father, but he is the only family left, as his mother died when he was born. He feels rejected by his father and is often accused of the death of his mother. He visits the school counsellor on a regular basis who told him to start writing letters when something is troubling him that he doesn’t feel comfortable telling anyone. He decides to write the letters to his Grandma who recently passed away. Through the letters you follow Clem’s story including girls, his father and a secret which has been bothering him since he was in year 5.

This novel was a bit of a challenge for me but I still really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to someone else looking for a challenging read.


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