The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

Gabrielle Williams
NZD $22.99

A snappy, witty adventure caper about art, love, death and everything in between.

A rock chick.

An artist with attitude.

A girl with a past.

A party animal.

Four lives collide when one of the world's most famous paintings is stolen. It's a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso's Weeping Woman might be absent from the walls of the National Gallery, in other parts of Melbourne the controversial painting's presence is being felt by Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny for four very different reasons.

Life, love, art and one giant party intersect in this offbeat comedy about good intentions, unexpected consequences and the irresistible force of true love.

'This fully realized cast of characters is rounded out by a supporting cast of sympathetic friends and family, all flawed in their own ways. Williams' prose is wise, knowing, and sympathetic, her tag-team story moving along at a steady clip toward a heart-thumping climax and a satisfying denouement. A winning, offbeat romp for all ages.' Kirkus Reviews, USA

'Will appeal to readers who are looking for something unique...An intriguing and twisting plot keeps readers turning the pages...' School Library Journal, USA

'[A] very good book. It is also young adult. A decade ago, I'd have called that disclosure, but these days the admission is an endorsement in itself: balanced in structure and breathless in telling, good pacing for young adult makes reading a downright pleasure for the leisurely adult...The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex begs for cliché but rings out with absolute ingenuity instead: characters so easily stilted aren't ever, and their core stories, woven expertly, are each a brilliant stroke built just right for the breezy read.' National Post, Canada

Author bio:

Gabrielle Williams has three kids, one husband and a dog. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Beatle Meets Destiny (shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in 2010) and The Reluctant Hallelujah (shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2012) and has been described by The Age reviewer Cameron Woodhead as 'one of the funniest young adult fiction authors around'. As part of her research for The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex, Gab interviewed a number of people - some of who may or may not have been the actual Australian Cultural Terrorists.

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781743319550
Awards: Long-listed Sisters in Crime Australia 16th Davitt Awards - Best Young Adult Novel 2016 AU; Long-listed CBCA Book of the Year Awards - Older Readers 2016 AU; Long-listed Inky Awards - Gold Inky 2016 AU; Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature 2016 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: March 2015
Page Extent: 256
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 15 - 18
Subject: Young adult fiction