Hating Alison Ashley
A classic story of friendship and jealousy from a beloved Australian author. Erica has always believed herself to be the star of her sixth grade class. But then Alison Ashley shows up, and right from the start, seems to threaten Erica's position. Can these classmates ever see past their difficulties and find friendship?

Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein is a great book for teens. It’s a book about jealousy and self- worth. Erica is a girl who goes to Barringa East. She spends her days in the nurse’s office, not socialising. One day she is in class and the new girl Alison comes in. Alison is perfect, and Erica hates her. She’s jealous of what Alison has and how beautiful and flawless Alison is. Erica goes on an adventure finding her self worth and her importance.

As a person who has struggled with my self-worth throughout primary school, this book certainly spoke to me. This book left me reflecting on my own personal experiences, value and worth, and reading this made me feel as if I wasn’t the only one going through similar problems. This book had me wanting more; I wish there was a sequel. This book was one of the best books I had read in a while. I highly recommend it if you’re into more realistic books about friendship and struggle.

Reviewed by Sarah D. Year 7 Salesian College Sunbury.