Blueback by Tim Winton


Tim Winton

fiction contemporary young adult emotional reflective slow-paced

151 pages | first published 1997

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From the day he is born, Abel Jackson lives for and from the sea. Throughout his childhood, Abel and his mother depend upon the quiet and bountiful waters along the coast of Western Australia for their very livelihood. Early on, while diving for a...
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Summary of 192 reviews


inspiring 72%
emotional 55%
reflective 55%
adventurous 33%
hopeful 33%
lighthearted 33%
relaxing 16%
sad 16%
challenging 11%
informative 5%
mysterious 5%
tense 5%


medium 50%
fast 38%
slow 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 53% | Character: 46%

Strong character development?

Yes: 68% | No: 18% | It's complicated: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 88% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 71% | N/A: 21% | Yes: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 84% | N/A: 7% | Yes: 7%

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