Welcome to Shyness, where the sun never rises and the darkness hides the dregs of humanity. It’s in this strange place, in a bar called the Diabetic Hotel, that Wildgirl meets Wolfboy and they step out into a night that they’ll never forget. Both Wildgirl and Wolfboy are hiding from a past they are desperate to forget, but as the story progresses we find out who they truly are.
This is Shyness, by the winner of the 2009 Text Prize, Leanne Hall is one of the most unique Young Adult books that I’ve read in a long time. Leanne has created truly memorable characters that have so much depth. You get drawn into both of their stories and can’t help but care about them. The narrative alternates between the two characters so you see events from different perspectives and know how they feel about each other.
I also loved Leanne’s other creations, including the Kidds (dangerous children high on sugar and willing to mug anybody for a sugar fix), the Dreamers (teenagers who take drugs so that they can sleep and dream for longer), and the menacing Doctor Gregory.
The world of Shyness is terrifically weird but truly unique and once you get a taste of it, you’ll never want to leave.