SELFIE d’Allayne L. Webster

An exploration of the complexities of teen friendships and the difficulties of navigating social media in a captivating novel for younger YA readers.

by Allayne L. Webster
Text Publishing, April 2023

Dene Walker picked me to be her best friend. She had the whole of Tonsley High’s year eight to choose from—and she chose me. Me!

Tully can’t believe her luck. Dene is famous. Everyone loves her. She has thousands of followers online and hundreds of sponsorship deals. Being best friends with Dene Walker is a dream come true.

Before long, Tully is hardly aware of the existence of her long-time bestie, Kira, as she shapes herself into a person worthy of Dene’s attention. And she’s not prepared for the heartache and confusion when Dene’s friendship is not all she imagined it to be.

SELFIE is an engaging and very real exploration of social media and the trickiness of separating what’s real from the glossiness of the online world. It’s a tender story about friendship and staying true to yourself.

Allayne L. Webster grew up in rural South Australia and now lives in Adelaide. Her books include the CBCA notable novel Paper Planes, A Cardboard Palace, Our Little Secret, The Centre of My Everything, That Thing I Did and Sensitive, which has been selected for the 2023 IBBY catalogue.

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