About the Book

Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap, says: 

The Best Feeling of All takes its characters from adolescence to adulthood, and does so by eschewing shrillness and sensationalism. Ellis’s writing remains true to the youthful energy of his characters but his storytelling has real grace and potency. His is a world that is tender and bruising, reckless and anticipatory, and we believe completely in the lives and stories of these young girls becoming women. This is an elegant, accomplished book.”

Life doesn’t happen, you make it.

Mols and Jaz can’t wait for life to begin. In the meantime, they’ll make sure they get their share of excitement and fun. When they’re not seeking out the next ecstatic thrill, they’re making big plans for the future while exploring the sand dunes, headlands and storm drains of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. They happily race along the ridge between possibility and reality until they slam into the shocks, heartaches and impossible choices of adulthood.

The Best Feeling of All follows two friends who share in love, loss and life-altering decisions through the most emotionally charged of all life stages, the wild and euphoric years between 15 and 25. The story is told in three contrasting parts – Adolescence, Nineteen and Adulthood – and it is about the importance of having the guts and imagination to shape our own lives.

It is a strong and compelling debut novel from a new voice in Australian fiction.

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