Being Abigail by Kathryn White: National Young Writers’ Month joins us for 366 Days of Writing

I really enjoyed Being Abigail, a fast-paced, entertaining, chic lit novel written in a blog format. Abigail, the daughter of a rock star, had a turbulent childhood and winds up engaged to Samuel Andrews, eight years older than her and from a wealthy family. They are the perfect complement to each other. Abigail is irrational, emotionally reactive and creative while Samuel is sensible, calm and in control. He handles her frequent outbursts and accusations of infidelity reasonably well I think.

This is quite an entertaining story about a woman who has a troubled past and trouble trusting people and how she makes sense of a relationship where she has the expectation that he will let her down.  There are plenty of interesting characters such as Abigail’s snotty mother in law and the manipulative Chastity who has her eye on Samuel. The author has a way of showing characters with weaknesses and making them highly likeable. Abigail annoyed me sometimes but there was also a part of me that could really relate to her. It was quite entertaining to be taken away with her imagination about what Samuel was thinking and doing when she was not there. It just shows how important simple communication in a relationship is and how assumptions can be made or situations can be misinterpreted when couple’s avoid the big issues in their relationship.

I was surprised to learn that Abigail was studying the Bronte sisters for her PhD thesis as it seems in contrast to her personality throughout the book. It gave her an intelligent edge which made her more likeable.

I enjoyed all the Australian innuendos throughout the story and the author’s familiarity with South Australia. There were some minor editing issues but they did not stray from the flow of the story.

Being Abigail is the debut novel by Australian author, Kathryn White. It is an entertaining novel about the foibles of relationships and a young woman’s path to attaining emotional maturity (or close to it!).

Review by Jayne Fordham. This review was originally published on the Australian Bookshelf blog

June has been declared National Young Writers Month by Australian literary organisation Express Media. NYWM is a new initiative by the organisation to get young people to start writing by forming a community of young writers and setting aside July as a month for people to set and achieve a ‘goal’.


Taking our cue from the National Year of Reading 2012, we’re having our very own National Year of Writing 2012, aka 366 Days of Writing.

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