Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.
When she meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world - where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.
As she dives into learning Auslan, sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, Piper finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community yet is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place in the hearing world. How can they be together?
Future Girl is the art journal of sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne.
MACLEAN'S BOOKS REVIEW:
This is one of my favourite books of 2020. It's a stunning package and a book you will just want to keep on your shelf. The book is written as a full colour art diary, by a hearing impaired teenager living in what could be a the near future. It's main story-line is the environmental destruction of our community by big businesses, but from the perspective of a teenager just heading out into the world on her own, discovering the deaf community and how being passionate and active in your community can bring about real change.