100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze
Clayton Zane Comber
2 Jun. 2021
Paperback / softback
InformationBook Type: Senior High
Age Group: 14 years +
Traffic Lights: Green/Amber
Class Novel: Yes
Good Reads Rating: 4.5/5
Literary Rating: 4.5/5
list making, bullying, neurodiversity, belonging, eating disorders, agoraphobia, intergenerational relationships, family, friendship, quest, letter writing, missing teen, soccer, guilt, bonding, grief, loss, resilience
1. Lily tells Xavier she had trouble with eating during the year before. He notices scars on her wrist, and she said he shouldn't worry has her doctors said it was a cry for help only not something she really intended to do, as she couldn't have seriously hurt herself given she used a child's razor that couldn't even peel a potato. (p19). Towards the end of the book, she is hospitalised after relapsing due to not attending her therapy (she has been pretending to go and keeping it a secret from even her closest friends). In hospital, she gets the help she needs and is gradually able to return to normal life. 2. There are a couple of silly comments made to Xavier by Lily and later by Lachlan. Eg. "the girl you want to have intimate relations with" (p51), "nice lips "¦ perfect body "¦ got real wasted at "¦ party and let Tyson feel her up "¦ he said. They kinda feel like water balloons." (p52) "did you cop a feel "¦ of her goodies. Her fun bags. Her boobies." Xavier tells him Lachlan never to ask that again. (p143). 3. Language: bitch x 1, piss off x 2, shit x 5, bloody x 2. 4. Xavier has a crush on Ally. She gives him a kiss (peck) at a party (p138). 5. Tyler's parents let them drink alcohol at his house. Xander has a sip and it makes him feel sick (p136).Ally gets drunk (p135-138). Someone brings a case of beer to a party at Xander's (p172-3). Zach and Mara make out in Nanna's room. Xander kicks them out. Zach is busted for stealing his parent's alcohol (p169). 6. Johnny, a friend of Andi's, gives Xavier a fake ID (p206). They use it to take him into a bar so he can drink a beer (p207). Skinny dipping (p210-1). 7. Nanna dies, and there is quite a sad deathbed scene.
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