by Robyn Dennison
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Pub Date 04 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 01 Jul 2023
Shortlisted for the 2021 Text Prize
Content warning: This book contains references to eating disorders and sexual assault.
When Dale stumbles into a bedroom at a party and sees a drunk girl being undressed by a group of guys, he backs away and runs. He’s pretty drunk himself, but he knows what he saw.
Why didn’t he stop them? Why did he run?
These questions haunt him. He wants to make things right but he doesn’t know how.
There’s no way he can talk to his dad. His mum walked out months ago. And his best friend, Kieran, wouldn’t understand. Dale’s not even sure Kieran would see a problem with what happened. Kieran is so casual about sex. And drugs. And life in general. The opposite of Dale.
Then Max arrives, Dale’s cousin. She’s older, smart, cool—with her own perspective on Dale’s problem, and her own problems. And there’s Brent. He’s a year older than Dale, and hot—everything Dale is looking for, but will he have the answers Dale is looking for?
PRAISE FOR ROBYN DENNISON AND BLIND SPOT
‘Blind Spot is a raw and honest depiction of adolescence in Australia, with all the joys, agonies and consequences that come with it. This is a compelling and emotional tale of feeling broken, of aching to put yourself back together, and wondering if it will ever truly be possible. Robyn Dennison’s writing is razor-sharp and nuanced, perfectly capturing the emotion, restlessness and ambivalence of youth. Blind Spot is a bold debut that doesn’t shy away from the brutal realities of growing up. A brilliant read.’—Holden Sheppard, author of The Brink
‘A sophisticated, challenging novel that explores themes of personal responsibility alongside a duty of care for others…Dennison writes Dale with great depth and empathy…A compelling, important novel for young people.’—Books+Publishing