is my debut novel published by Smoke Signal Press.
What it's About
American seventeen-year-old Kara Jagger had the best intentions for a year-long high school exchange in the land of "Aus." She didn’t think she’d be as unhappy and lonely as she finds herself a couple of months into the experience. She’s battling culture shock and the onset of a secret eating disorder, and is upset mostly with herself for not trying harder to fit in.
Kara’s exchange program assigns a counselor, Ben, to help her get back on track, but her emotions and problems only become more complicated as their romantic attraction ignites. Ben provides motivation and encouragement to overcome her self-destructive behavior, but helping Kara with such conflict of interest risks his own reputation, and triggers unforeseen consequences for them both.
Set in mid-eighties Australia, and somewhere in between Anna and the French Kiss and You Deserve Nothing, Van Diemen at 17 is a novel about dealing with the unexpected, moving forward, and bittersweet love.