Luca is ready to audition for the Australian Ballet School. All it takes to crush his dreams is one missed step . . . and a broken foot.
Jordan is the gorgeous rowing star and school captain of Luca's new school. Everyone says he's straight - but Luca’s not so sure . . .
As their unlikely bond grows stronger, Luca starts to wonder: who is he without ballet? And is he setting himself up for another heartbreak?
'Anything But Fine is everything wonderful I love in a book: characters so real they breathe, a rollercoaster of a story that made me laugh, cry, and swoon, and vivid, gorgeous writing. Brilliant.' JENNIFER NIVEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
'In Anything But Fine, Tobias Madden delivers a stirring meditation on identity and grief. Sweet, warm and thoroughly delightful, it will quickly dance its way into your heart.' KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND, bestselling author of Our Chemical Hearts
'Anything But Fine is a gorgeous story about love, loss, friendship and hope - and about finding your true self after your one and only dream shatters into a thousand pieces.' FLEUR FERRIS, bestselling author of Risk
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Even in 2021, it can be difficult being a gay teen in a place like regional Victoria—especially when you feel like you’re the only one. When a terrible accident derails Luca’s dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer, he’s forced into a new school, away from his BFFs and the safe, tolerant environment he knew. Still, he’s made a kind, brilliant (if socially awkward) friend, and there’s that cute (but probably straight) boy from occupational therapy. Set in Ballarat, Tobias Madden’s debut novel is a wonderfully warm and fuzzy YA, and while it’s overflowing with heart, it doesn’t shy away from confronting issues such as homophobia and religious discrimination head-on. Telling the story from Luca’s perspective, Madden perfectly channels the teen’s voice in all its anxious, hilarious and sexually-excited glory. Anything But Fine is a genuine read-in-one-sitting delight.
Anything but fine review
Really good. But wouldn’t recommend if you’re homophobic. 🙂 👍
I love this book! It was super comforting and relatable as a person who is in the Australian ballet, and the plot was insane and chaotic.
I couldn’t put this beautiful book down and finished it at 3am, with tears running down my face. I loved all the characters and all the feels.