• just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

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    "… straddles YA and adult literary fiction in the same way as Tim Winton's Breath … Layla's is a unique voice. A beautifully told story.” — Cameron Raynes

  • Kirsten Krauth

    Novelist. Blogger. Editor. My first novel just_a_girl just published. I blog on all things literary and filmy at Wild Colonial Girl

    "just_a_girl is a complex and timely novel, the first book by a strong writer who is not afraid to go to honest, dark places." 
    — Angela Meyer, LiteraryMinded blog

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Quote Elizabeth Lhuede“Krauth’s debut is alive with ideas about isolation and connection in the digital age, particularly the way the internet raises the stakes of teenage rebellion.”

Jo Case, The Australian


“A wholly original book whose teenage heroine gets more convincing and complex as the book progresses.”

— Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Age


“So rarely do debut novels succeed on so many levels. Krauth is obviously a writer determined to unearth the injustices and inadequacies of our culture … young Layla and her struggle echo on long after reading.”

 — Jon Bauer, Rocks in the Belly


“After reading just_a_girl, I’m unable to forget Layla. She’s left a piece of herself behind. The closing image of just_a_girl left me with a chill that’s settled into my bones.”

Michelle McLaren, Book the the Future blog


just_a_girl is a complex and timely novel, the first book by a strong writer who is not afraid to go to honest, dark places.”

Angela Meyer, LiteraryMinded blog


“Kirsten Krauth’s just_a_girl is a tense, edgy and compelling insight into adolescence which I read in a single sitting.”

Annabel Smith, author & blogger


“It’s a gut-wrenching book, taking readers to dark places and introducing characters on the precipice … It’s about our world, right now, and it’s a little bit brilliant.”

Danielle Binks, ALPHA READER & Kill Your Darlings


“It’s a book that I found compelling, brilliantly written, and on the surface, easy and quick to read. But it was afterwards that the themes still resonated with me: power, relationships, of love and failure, of vulnerability and abuse.”

— Dawn Barker, author & blogger


“just_a_girl is a powerful, and often uncomfortable, look at contemporary culture, with Layla at the heart of it, as subject and object, as confirmation and contradiction.”

Amanda Curtin, author & blogger


“… straddles YA and adult literary fiction in the same way as Tim Winton’s Breath … Layla’s is a unique voice. A beautifully told story.”

Cameron Raynes, author


just_a_girl has had a wonderful critical and popular response. See the full list of reviews.

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