Published: 2013 by Allen&Unwin
Read: July 2013
Trivia Tidbit: A snake bite piercing is two piercings on either side of the lower lip
Full Disclosure: Advance Reading Copy from publisher, won as part of a 'Pass It On' competition
Casey is a fairly unlikeable character, but is indirectly responsible for one of my favourite scenes in the book: 'Casey had been someone to play Barbie dolls with in primary school (Casey used to make Ken sexually assault Barbie and then the other dolls would be crime scene investigators)'.
Jez fills her summer with alcohol, drugs, hangovers, parties, video games, swimming, daytime television, navel gazing and requisite teenage angst. Parents are embarrassing, relationships are confusing and black jeans are hot and sticky on a summer day. Snake Bite is the story of Jez's summer and the changes it brings.
I really like this book. I like it despite the fact it makes me feel old. I like it even though I had to check urban dictionary.com for the meaning of a couple of words ('scrams', anyone?). The humour is dark, but very funny. Surprisingly, people still have West Coast Coolers in their fridge. Unfortunately I think the pop culture references will date this book very quickly, which will be a shame because it's a great story.