Until recently, Jonah’s life has been wonderfully simple: school, partying and surfing with his mates. It’s been uncomplicated — like riding the perfect wave. But that’s all about to change.
With the stress of year 12 looming, Jonah’s mission to have sex before his eighteenth birthday is not going well. Jonah’s lack of self-confidence is fuelling his fear that he’s destined to live in the shadow of his legendary older brother, Link. And just when he thinks that things couldn’t get any more complicated his brother drops a bombshell on his unsuspecting family.
But life has a funny way of sorting out the big issues from the small. And Jonah discovers that sometimes the answers you’re looking for are right in front of you …
Measuring Up is a fresh and funny story of friendship, surf and raging hormones.
'... a modern-day homage to Puberty Blues.'
'Measuring Up is a thoughtful, engaging first novel ... The narrative style is frank and personal. Jonah holds none of his thoughts or feelings back from readers, immediately engaging them and ensuring his story stays with them after the last page is turned. That, in itself, is an achievement ... affecting contemporary teenagers, including self-esteem, family dynamics, friendships, sexuality and how people define themselves through their personal relationships. There are plenty of elements here to hold readers' attention. Highly recommended.'