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Not My Problem

Written by Ciara Smyth

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Not My Problem Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Romance / Relationship Stories School Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

She can fix anyone's life except her own...

Aideen can fix anyone’s problem – just not her own in this outrageously funny YA novel with a lesbian heroine at its centre. From the author of The Falling in Love Montage, shortlisted for An Post Irish Book Award and KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Award.


Not My Problem Synopsis

When Aideen agrees to help ambitious class swot Maebh Kowalska deal with her crazy workload, she doesn't expect to end up reluctantly pushing Maebh down the stairs. With this, Aideen becomes the school 'fixer': any problem a student has, Aideen will sort it out, from stealing confiscated mobiles to breaking into parties. All she asks for is a favour in return. But Aideen's own life is a mess - her mam's drinking again, her BFF Holly is avoiding her and she's skipping school.

Spending more time with the uptight (but annoyingly cute) Maebh and chatterbox Kavi, Aideen starts to wonder: can every problem be solved?

Not My Problem Press Reviews

I howled with laughter. Derry Girls but better, with such a massive heart -- Joanna Nadin

[A] charming novel for young lesbians - The Bookseller

Praise for The Falling in Love Montage;

It’s so special, so arrestingly heartfelt, and so painfully, gorgeously real    Becky Albertalli

An outrageously comic, moving debut   Guardian


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ISBN: 9781839130854
Publication date: 03/06/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130854
Publication date: 3rd June 2021
Author: Ciara Smyth
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Romance / Relationship Stories, School Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic
Collections: Summer Reading 2021, The Last Bear Takes Gold in the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2022,

About Ciara Smyth

Ciara Smyth studied drama, teaching and then social work at university. She thought she didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. She became a writer so she wouldn’t have to grow up. She enjoys jigging (verb: to complete a jigsaw), playing the violin badly, and having serious conversations with her pets. Ciara has lived in Belfast for over ten years and still doesn’t really know her way around.

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