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Book Title: The Girl Most Likely|
The author of the book: Rebecca Sparrow
Edition: Univ of Queensland Pr
The size of the: 4.43 MB
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Date of issue: July 6th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780702234972
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When you were 17, what did you think your life would be like when you hit 27?
At 17, Rachel Hill was the girl most likely to succeed. At 27, with an Honours degree and a career as a travel writer, she wonders if marriage is the only thing missing from this perfect trifecta. But one disastrous life decision changes everything. Suddenly Rachel is living back at home in her childhood bedroom – a room still celebrating 1987. She’s also working as a nanny for a surly six-year-old, proof reading erotic fiction and crucifying movie theme songs on the piano.
With Su-su-sudio in the cassette deck, Rachel tumbles head first into a quarter life crisis. As she revisits her idea of perfection, she finds that happiness is living the life you want to live, rather than the one you’re expected to.
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Read information about the authorRebecca Sparrow didn’t always want to be a writer. When she was six-years-old she wanted to be the blonde woman out of ABBA, a movie star and Mrs Donny Osmond. And then she discovered Charlie’s Angels. Rebecca spent most of 1980 running around her family’s backyard wearing a bathing suit and her mum’s high heels, armed with a Super-soaker. In her one year reign of terror she arrested her dog, Mac, 329 times.
When Rebecca was eleven, she begged her parents to send her to the Johnny Young Talent School so that she would be spotted as the obvious choice to replace Tina Arena when she left the YTT cast. Mr and Mrs Sparrow’s response to her pleas was to buy Rebecca a guitar and a book of music by some guy called Donovan (not the Jason variety). Rebecca continued to practice lip-synching to When Doves Cry in the mirror. Her crush on Vinnie Del Tito lingered on.
When she was a teenager Rebecca auditioned to be the host of different children’s television shows. She auditioned for Wombat, Saturday Disney, played "a big sister" on a pilot for a show called Happy Families and auditioned to be a reporter on some other new show featuring a sarcastic snake puppet.
While she waited for her "big break" she took part-time after school jobs to help her afford (for example) to be able to see the movie Cocktail nine times at the cinema. She dressed up as a Christmas Tree and walked through Myer, sold handbags and wallets and books and clothing and touch lamps. She did birthday parties and baby-sitting and telemarketing and asked "Do you want fries with that?" more times than she cares to remember.
And in between all of this, she wrote. In 1993 Rebecca graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Communication) and started writing media releases, feature articles, speeches and newsletters for a living. She worked for The Australian Red Cross, The Flight Centre Group, The Nine Network and the British Millennium Commission to name a few. Her first article "The Haircut" was published in The Courier-Mail in 1995. In 1997 she found herself working as a travel writer and then editor of Trips magazine. She travelled everywhere from Kuwait to Kotakinabalu, San Diego to Southampton … and then got paid to write up her adventures. She had found her niche and a never-ending supply of hotel biros.
After three years on magazines (and a dodgy Vegas wedding under her belt), Rebecca decided to have a go at writing her first novel. The Girl Most Likely is a comedy about a former travel writer who tries to put her life back together after secretly getting married in Vegas. The novel was published by UQP in March 2003 and spent 16 consecutive weeks in the Mary Ryan’s Top 10. AFI award-winning Australian actress Pia Miranda (Looking for Alibrandi, Garage Days, Secret Life of Us) has optioned the film rights with Icon Films and hopes to turn the book into a feature film.
Rebecca’s second novel, The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay, is the prequel to The Girl Most Likely and was released in May 2006 in Australia and April 2008 in the US. It debuted as a stage play at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre in May 2007.
Rebecca’s third novel, Joel and Cat Set The Story Straight, was published in August 2007 and co-written with her good friend Nick Earls.
When she’s not writing novels, Rebecca writes a weekly column for The Sunday Mail newspaper and she gives motivational talks and runs writing workshops in schools and businesses across the country. Rebecca is an Ambassador of War Child Australia and The Pyjama Foundation. War Child Australia (www.warchild.org.au) is an international aid organisation dedicated to providing immediate, effective and sustainable aid to children affected by war. The Pyjama Foundation (www.theyjamafoundation.org.au) is a Brisbane-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing children in foster care the same opportunities in life as other children.
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