* perfect job at 21
* engaged to ideal man at 26
* married at 27 and a half
* building ideal home at 28 (fully equipped with a stereo surround-sound wide screen TV and a comfortable, yet stylish couch)
* birth of perfect daughter at 30
What does not neatly fit into her organised life is a mother with a bombshell, an ex-best friend with an unfortunate liking for low-life boyfriends, a series of badly dressed, metallic-eyeshadowed teachers and a (very) friendly boy next door.
Favourite Quote: "You know when you put something on lay-by and you look forward to paying it off and picking it up in a few weeks? That's how I feel about my life. I've been looking forward to picking it up my brand new life for a while now. Once I get my new life I'll be fun, interesting and happy - perfect".
This is a book that just make you smile. Raincheck on Timbuktu is funny, smart and such a truthful coming of age story that really captures all the emotions and confusions of being a teen. It has a wonderfully bunch of characters but I adored Lucy and really felt for her as she learned to let go of the past and started living in the moment. To me this is an Aussie classic. I only wish I had read this as a teen.
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