Exit Through the Giftshop – a Taco’s book review

Interview with Maryam Master

Exit Through the Giftshop

Ana is a 12-year-old girl with twelve months to live. And, if dying of cancer is not enough, there’s always Alyssa Anderson. Alyssa is a First-Class, A-Grade Bully with a capital B.

Ana believes that once everyone at school learns of her cancer, the bullying will stop. However, Ana’s condition is even more fuel for Alyssa. And, she sets out to make Ana’s life hell.  

One thing that Alyssa doesn’t count on is Ana’s amazing spirit, humour and zest for life. Ana and her best friend Al, choose to embrace life, because life is for living. And, when you’re a kid with a challenging family dynamic, school work, an overseas trip and a school bully to get back at, there’s still so much to do.     

A life affirming story

Ana is dealing with death, while at the same time needing to live. All the challenges of being a young person in today’s world are still there for Ana – separated parents, blended families, school bullies, best friend adventures, joy, humour, sadness. This story captures all this and more. This is not a book about cancer and death. This is an inspiring, wonderful, joyous, heartfelt book about how to live!!!

Embracing life and its challenges and laughing while you’re doing it. It’s beautifully written with warmth and heart that makes it an uplifting story for all ages.

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Author: Maryam Master

Illustrator: Astred Hicks

Publisher: Pan Macmillan, Australia, 2021

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