Author(s): Georgina Young
Staff notes: Loner is a book about drifting. About having been good at school and seemingly destined for great things but, once thrust into the structureless maelstrom of the adult world, simply... stalling. Stalling, and waiting, and doing not much of anything except feeling a lot of things. And then maybe watching some TV.
In the hands of a less skilled writer this could make for a dull and self-indulgent novel, but, mercifully, Loner is anything but. In short: it's good. It's really, really good. And it rings so true. Readers approaching the cliff-face of young adulthood will, I believe, take great comfort in this book, and readers who've doggy-paddled to the other side will recognise themselves at that achingly uncomfortable time of their lives. Georgina Young is also super funny. Trust us, you'll love it.
Set in Melbourne, Loner is a humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood. Lona kills her days by sneaking into the dark room at her old art school to develop photographs. She kills her nights DJ-ing the roller disco at Planet Skate. She is in inexplicably, debilitatingly love with a bespectacled Doctor Who-obsessed former classmate, and in comfortable, platonic love with her best friend Tab. Lona works hard to portray a permanent attitude of cynicism and ennui but will her carefully constructed persona be enough to protect her from the inevitable sorrows and unexpected joys of adult life? Loner re-examines notions of social isolation experienced by young people, suggesting sometimes our own company can be a choice and not a failing.