Chasing Boys



I add another thing to my list for Leonard.What does it mean Leonard, I would ask, if a boy, a boy that you don’t like, gives you something – say a piece of paper with his mobile number on it – and instead of shoving it into the bin you hide it in your underwear drawer?

When Ariel Marini started school, her mum’s advice was, ‘Mind your manners, listen to your teacher and don’t chase boys.’
And then life got complicated.

Dark-edged and funny, Chasing Boys is about what happens when everyone around you is moving on and you’re standing still.

black dog books, Australia
Walker Books, USA
Arena, Germany


This book is beautiful. I wanted to read it again as soon as I’d finished the last page.

– Cath Crowley

Chasing Boys is an easy read, El’s voice is flippant and amusing as a front for her hurt and anger…

– Magpies

The prose is crisp and minimal, the chapters are short and sharp, the narrative sustains interest by incorporating flashbacks and humour while progressing the plot at an impressive speed – it will therefore be an especially good choice for reluctant readers, or those with ‘better things to do’.

– Bookseller+Publisher

Ariel’s life has just been downsized. She’s moved to a smaller house, to public school but is struggling to move on and come to terms with her father’s actions. I thought that El’s family situation was handled with care and I liked that Tayleur didn’t gloss anything over. There are also cute boys, friendship dramas and a sizeable dose of teen angst. I read Chasing Boys in one solid hit and it’s an enjoyable read. Also the movie references throughout, as El and her friends play the film-scenario game, definitely made the book for me (c’mon, are you really surprised?).

– posted by miss friday at 9:07 pm

The core of adolescence is captured beautifully… highly recommended..

– Reading Time

Dark edged yet funny… Chasing Boys captures the essence of today’s turbulent youth… a good read for teenagers and adults alike.

– Jenny Sharp, Buzz Words

Moving and real.

– Joscelyn Leatt-Hayter

Full of sweet realities… when you think about stocking up the bookshelves for the holidays, I suggest you get to know Ariel Marini.

– Millie, Young Australian Readers’ Awards

Chasing Boys would make an excellent addition to school reading lists. It successfully tackles the issues of changing schools, boys and girls, the ‘in’ crowd, and single parent families. A great read for teenage girls. I wanted to return to high school!

– The Reading Stack

Tayleur has managed to inject her story with just the right balance of angst and humour, carefully teasing out the intricasies of the adolescent experience.

– The Canberra Times

It is light hearted but full of truth; anyone with a case of the teenage blues would enjoy it. When you think about stocking up the bookshelves for the holidays, I suggest you get to know Ariel Marini.

– Millie, Young Australian Readers’ Awards

Tayleur has given El a distinctive girl’s voice and we hear her re-entry to the world clearly… a satisfying read.

– Viewpoint

…a beautiful book about a very tricky time of life… a must read, not only for teenage girls but also for their mothers, because life isn’t simple when you’re young.

– Pass it On

I really enjoyed this book; the way that it was written made me keep picking it up time after time. Definitely worth reading!

– Hannah (aged 14), Written Dimension Bookshop Reading Group

“Life changed for El Marini when her father walked out. For starters, the family’s finances have tanked, forcing her, her mother and her sister to relocate to a tiny apartment and El to withdraw from her tony private school-which means making a new start at Blair, an overcrowded public high school. El moves forward into her new life, making two new friends who introduce her to Blair-one of whom is Eric, Blair’s stereotypical hot jock and El’s instant crush. Unfortunately, Eric and the gorgeous Angelique are attached, and when El befriends Angelique, things get interesting. Blinded by Eric’s hotness, El barely notices the brooding artist Dylan, but he, over time, helps El realize that people and situations are not always what they seem. El tells her own story in a present-tense narration, her analytical account punctuated by imagined conversations with her therapist, Leonard (she won’t talk to him during their sessions). El’s evolving relationship with Dylan helps the text move beyond a predictable crush story, providing depth and setting up a surprise-twist ending that underscores Dylan’s message.”

– Kirkus Review (US)

El must adjust to life without her father, a new school and a raging crush on the cutest boy at school who already has a girlfriend. She tries to keep her feelings under wraps, with the result that she often feels confused and conflicted about her life. This book captures the up-again, down-again moodiness of the typical teenage girl, especially when she is dealing with a life-altering crisis that has recently occurred in her family. The dialogue is realistic, the characters are well defined, and the chapters are short and easy. The end comes as a complete surprise, but it makes sense in retrospect. The book effectively conveys the sense of drama that teens feel regarding their friendships and romances.

– Kennedy, Carol

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