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Loner is a humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood.
Lona kills her days sneaking into the dark room at her old art school to develop photographs. She kills her nights DJ-ing the roller disco at Planet Skate. She is in inexplicable, debilitating love with a bespectacled, Doctor Who-obsessed former classmate, and in comfortable, platonic love with her best friend Tab. Lona works hard to portray a permanent attitude of cynicism and ennui but will her carefully constructed persona be enough to protect her from the inevitable sorrows and unexpected joys of adult life?
Loner re-examines notions of social isolation experienced by young people, suggesting sometimes our own company can be a choice and not a failing.
"I loved this razor-sharp, whip-smart, exquisitely funny debut."—Nina Kenwood, author of It Sounded Better in My Head
"Georgina Young made me squirm and swoon and sigh as I fell head over heels for the exquisite paradoxes of her protagonist. Lona wonders why she can never say exactly the thing she means—lucky for us, we have Young, and she articulates all those things with smarts and humour and grace. This is a book to push into the hands of everyone you know, especially those who ever had trouble knowing themselves."—Kate Mildenhall, author of The Mother Fault
"Loner is a very clever, unconventional and hilarious coming-of-age story. I loved it!"—Eliza Henry-Jones, author of In the Quiet