Sweet SorrowNicholls, David
It is 1997 and Charlie Lewis has just finished school but the world is not yet his oyster. If only his family hadn't broken up, he hadn't failed his exams and he hadn't been so stupid as to jeopardise his part-time job. Remembering this momentous summer from twenty years down the track, Charlie recalls his changing fortune when he met the glorious Fran Fisher and in pursuit of her was lured into an amateur production of Romeo and Juliet.
Insightful and endearing, this is an amusing coming-of-age story that deftly conveys the universal experience of first love, with a little Shakespeare on the side. [Small-medium font]