Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong


Can you be lost and not know it?

Can other people stop you from being lost?

Seventeen-year-old Caleb’s world is disintegrating, his walls are closing in, his sky is threatening to fall. He’s barely holding on. To deadlines. To friends. To family. To mum. To Pat.

But he has Casey.

Maybe she can save him …



Shortlisted for the Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction and Best First Book in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2018.

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ISBN: 978-0-9941372-4-1


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‘A tremendous debut novel, both delicate and muscular, artful and honest. It’s changed the way I attend to those I teach. I cannot give it higher praise than that.’ – Bernard Beckett

‘This novel is a striking chronicle of a young person watching the wall between himself and the world grow ever taller, and the small moments of brightness that reach him through the gaps.’ – Ashleigh Young

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Teachers notes for Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong


The Sapling Article (July 2018)
Mental Health Foundation Review (April 2018)
North & South Magazine Review (Feb 2018)
Radio New Zealand Interview (Dec 2017)
NZ Herald Article (Nov 2017)
The Sapling Article (Nov 2017)
The Sapling Review (Nov 2017)
The Big Idea Article (Oct 2017) Interview (March 2017)

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