This One Is Ours

Author(s): Kate O'Donnell


Sixteen-year-old Sofie is a dreamer, an artist and a romantic. So when she goes on exchange to Paris, she is expecting magnificent adventures of the heart and mind. Yet France isn't what she imagined. It's cold and grey, and speaking another language is exhausting. Sofie's more homesick than lovesick.

But then her host sister, Delphine, and fellow artist Olivier show her a different side of Paris, and Sofie starts to question her ideas of art, beauty and meaning. Of everything. There's truth in what her best friend, Crow, has been saying all along- the world is in crisis and people need to take notice. And when a catastrophe strikes close to home, Sofie realises she needs to act.

But what can one girl do? Will Sofie be able to find the courage to fight for change?

This One is Ours is a call to action for anyone who feels helpless about the state of society, as well as an ode to all the tiny beautifuls that make our world worth saving.


Most of us can probably relate to that particular feeling of ecstatic joy when a dream you have been yearning for finally seems within reach. Sophie’s enthusiasm about her exchange in Paris is absolutely contagious, and brought back my own memories of saving up as a teenager in the desperate hope of travelling abroad for the first time. I loved that this novel captured not only the highs of taking those initial strides of independence and charting unfamiliar territory, but also the times when such a foreign experience can become rather daunting and overwhelming. Sophie’s rollercoaster of an emotional journey forms an inspirational and empowering portrait to any young person just beginning to find their voice, showing that you can achieve anything you are passionate about and really set your mind to.


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Indie Book Awards 2021 Young Adult Boolk of the Year

General Fields

  • : 9780702260285
  • : University of Queensland Press
  • : University of Queensland Press
  • : 0.262
  • : September 2020
  • : 1.9 Centimeters X 12.9 Centimeters X 19.6 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate O'Donnell
  • : Paperback
  • : 312