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Combining an engaging and confrontational story about growing up with a twist of adventure, this novel centers on Joel and Craggs, two loyal friends who drink together, commit robbery together, and, when Craggs turns violent, face the consequences together as well. When Joel's dad finally makes a deal with the cops, his son ends up in solitary confinement while Craggs is sCombining an engaging and confrontational story about growing up with a twist of adventure, this novel centers on Joel and Craggs, two loyal friends who drink together, commit robbery together, and, when Craggs turns violent, face the consequences together as well. When Joel's dad finally makes a deal with the cops, his son ends up in solitary confinement while Craggs is sent off to juvenile detention. Contending that the past is never truly buried, this tale portrays the influence of peer pressure on teenagers and both the positive and dangerous choices they must face....

Title : 90 Packets of Instant Noodles
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ISBN : 9781921361999
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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90 Packets of Instant Noodles Reviews

  • Amelia Hill
    2019-01-31 06:20

    I've read this book previously and it's still absolutely amazing. I love it!

  • Shirley Marr
    2019-02-03 08:13

    An attempt of petty theft goes wrong and wayward teen Joel, through favour-pulling by his dad, ends up in solitary confinement in a shack in the middle of nowhere with plenty of time up his sleeve to consider his actions and think about his future.A good solid novel with excellent pacing and a very realistic teenage boy's voice. I really loved the language and I think some of the brou-ha about the usage of profanities is largely unfounded. I expected it to be a swear-a-thon, but instead found it natural and realistic. And being from Perth, I loved how it is set in WA, with some of our unique slang and mention of places I am familiar with. I'm pleased to see my own suburb gets a mention! So well done Fremantle Press in supporting this endeavour. This story hits the mark as a contemporary slice-of-life and coming-of-age without being preachy or lesson pushing. Having had heard Deb Fitzpatrick speak about the the novel - how she lived in a shack in a Costa Rica Cloud Forrest and thus translated her survival story experience to a novel - I find it truly inspired and wonderful. I look forward to what the author has to offer - is it just me or does the cover make me dreadfully hungry evertime I look at it? I can tell it's chicken flavoured- LOL!

  • Jess - The Tales Compendium
    2019-01-30 08:34

    90 Packets of Instant Noodles is refreshing story about 16-year old Joel, who has made some bad decisions in life. It is a novel primarily about peer pressure but also about how sometimes, it's not too late to change your ways. Told from Joel's point of view, we see the negative impact having a certain type of friend can have and the difficulty of cutting the ties of friendship. How far do the bonds of mate-ship go? When is it finally time to say 'enough'?Joel, stuck in an isolated bush shack south of Perth, Western Australia, and comforted only by weekly letters from his girlfriend Bella, rather revealing letters from his dad, and a pesky fox he has christened 'Foxy', is at first miserable and angry at his dad for such an arrangement. He soon realises though, what a blessing the forced isolation is and discovers his own self worth. He realises that his life doesn't have to disappear down the toilet and end up in jail like his friends Craggs and Sull.Just when he thinks everything is going to be alright though, Craggs shows up and is ready to get back to their old ways, starting with the remote town that has semi-befriended Joel since the start of his three month exile. While the good in Joel had just been buried for a while and he wasn't 'too far gone', Craggs's time in juvenile detention only made things worse and fuelled the fire burning inside him.Craggs has no desire to change and wants to drag his friends along for the ride. He needs someone else to be running amok with him because if he's not doing it alone then it has to be ok. How can Joel escape from this kind of friend when he knows how Craggs will lash out? The fear holds him back and that is exactly how Joel ends up in the shack in the first place, when Craggs goes too far and Joel doesn't do anything to stop him. Joel had even developed a stutter over the years because of his unconscious fear and nervousness of Craggs.I really liked Joel's dad. He is a good guy who really wants to help his son. I like how their relationship gets stronger throughout the book even through the circumstances are not ideal. Same with Bella, she brought out the other side of Joel, the good side, and it was somewhat due to her that Joel wanted to turn his life around.90 Packets does contain quite a bit of swearing as well as some drug use but aside from this, and the obvious unsavoury behaviour, I think this would be a good text for upper high school students to study.

  • Cass
    2019-01-28 04:30

    This book was on the 2011 list of notables on the website for the Children's Book Council of Australia.It was okay. There was an interesting story. A young man on the path to getting into serious trouble is given a reprieve. Instead of one month in a juvenile detention center he gets to spend three months in an old shack in the bush.There is a back story that is interesting, there is a love interest that is not. I didn't like the way the book threw itself around between now and then. Barely a page in the present and then we were back in the past. I found I couldn't settle and just enjoy the story, just as it got interesting it changed to a completely different time and place. It was a real shame as the shack part of the story was really interesting.Some parts bothered me, such as the constant reference to Radio National, yet it talked about programs that would more likely be on the local ABC radio, not the Radio National. I have listened exclusively to Radio National for years and never been subjected to talk of gardening.

  • Pat
    2019-02-08 06:39

    90 packets of instant noodles is a book about 2 juvenile teenagers (Joel and Craggs) that must face consequences due to alcohol which leads to Craggs doing violence. Joel's dad makes a deal with the police to send Joel out to solitary confinement while Craggs goes off to the juvenile center. I like this book because it shows what it's like to have to live on your own miles away from any civilisation, what it's like to be all alone with no one to help you..

  • Lauren
    2019-02-09 09:29

    This was unexpectedly a very good book! It was recommended to me from a bookish friend, but I wasn't first. Funnily enough, she recommended it to many of her other friends, but they politely declined to read it. Well, I can tell you, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this book! So you should try it out!Since Joel Strattan became best mates with Craggs, he has done nothing but break the rules and be bad. But is there a side of him that can be scrubbed out and polished clean? Is this even possible? After being sentenced with ninety days banishment from civilisation, Joel finally gets a chance to rethink his life. And to eat 90 packets of instant noodles.I loved the theme of finding yourself and change. Although the change in Joel was generally subtle, you could tell in the big picture that he'd matured in a great way. Plonk Joel next to Craggs and you can see that for yourself.I particularly enjoyed reading the letters that Joel received from Bella. His genuine love and care for her was heart-warming. Just looking at their relationship, you can tell that Joel has a soft, fluffy side to him. Normally, I wouldn't be able to realise, or even know, that teenage delinquents could be so kind to the ones they love. It shows that people aren't really what you think.The final thing that I loved about 90 Packets of Instant Noodles is that the story is set in Australia! If you have read Stolen: A letter to my captor though, the part of Australia in this book is different from it. 90 Packets of Instant Noodles is set in the less harsher area of Western Australia, which can be slightly less arid. Anyway, I don't often come across books set in Australia. Although, the author of this book, Deb Fitzpatrick, is Aussie, so this makes sense.Oh, and finally, one last note. (This is what my friend warned me before I borrowed the book.) There is a lot of swearing. And when I say a lot, I really do mean a lot. So if you're one of those people who loathe bad language, then you probably shouldn't touch this book ;)

  • Katrina Ly
    2019-01-28 08:16

    hey this book was pretty good!i loved reading about how joel grew up in the bush and learnt to stick up for himself...and just learnt to become a man...loved it...the storyline was really interesting, the way it was written was brilliant! (i swear, as soon as i started reading it...that was it, i couldn't do anything else) and the way it showed the back story of craggs, that was, i think, actually the part which won me over to this book. the fact that deb fitzpatrick did not just write about how bad and jerk-ish craggs was, but also made him human by telling us why craggs was the way he was and showing us that craggs had a good side too (you know with the radio and giving money to anyone who asks for it stuff). anyway, my point is that i love how craggs wasn't just labelled as the antagonist who was a jerk and so forth, but was also portrayed as a troubled, messed up teen who had a troubled and scary overall, it was a really good book, definitely worth a read!

  • Emily Rawlings
    2019-01-26 09:10

    This was such a light fluffy read and I absolutely loved it. The front cover is my favorite thing about this book as well as the bonds Joel makes with foxy and his father, but some things threw me off. For example his ass of a mate who isn't actually a mate just a washed up bum who needs a new attitude and also all the dope smoking threw me a bit. Other than that loved this book and how it was based in Australia with all the slangs and things, which made it easier to read. Light and fluffy, 4.5 stars

  • Steph
    2019-02-04 02:20

    As punishment for his recent involvement in some local crimes, Joel needs to spend three months in isolation – a shack in the middle of nowhere, with very basic facilities (think tank water and a drop toilet!). There’s no contact with the outside world other than the weekly post, Joel is left to his own thoughts – and has time to reflect upon his earlier actions and what lead to his isolation. He seems to be almost on the road to recover, and then his old mate Craggs shows up. It’s an incredibly honest story with a very authentic male voice.

  • Amanda Curtin
    2019-02-08 02:22

    You can't help but love Joel, who is sent to fend for himself in a shack in the middle of nowhere as an alternative to juvenile detention. Deb Fitzpatrick manages to inhabit the mind of this 15-year-old boy, and the result is a funny, wise, compassionate story about growing up, falling in love, making mistakes and learning to deal with the consequences.

  • Angie~ Faery of Weirdness
    2019-02-03 01:10

    This book is a total failure, the blirb made it sound good but then when I read it my brain was like:".......Mgh??......WTF are you reading Angiie??!!...." *awkward silence*Now, I'll just move on with my uninteresting life and live in just utter boredom and silnce, peeps.:)Adios*salutes*

  • Mrs Mac McKenzie
    2019-02-10 06:18

    I enjoyed this book so much. The protagonist has an opportunity to figure out what he wants in life and make the appropriate decisions to get there in a non threatening and believable way.This is great for readers who like real life stories with problems to solve.

  • Iris Li
    2019-02-16 08:34

    Hmmm....A lot of swear words (- a bad influence...) in this book XPI guess you could say: Not recommended for children under 12. :)This story also doesn't really have a POINT...

  • Jay Ko
    2019-01-29 01:19

    There are swear words on almost every single page, but overall it seems like a interesting book to lear.. i mean read.

    2019-02-09 08:27

    I loved this story. It felt real and the main character Joel was relatable. It is definitely a great book which I would read again and again.

  • Thomas the grammar nazi
    2019-01-25 08:29

    This book was very boring with a few interesting bits here and there. It was very repetitive and the characters are easily dislikable.

  • Janet
    2019-02-11 04:14

    Would have liked it more if the overuse of the f word wasn't so frequent and if the author had linked (in a subtle way) the use of marijuana with the reason for the psychotic episode.

  • Garin College
    2019-02-01 09:34

    A good Australian book, very realistic. How things can go badly wrong very quickly with the wrong friends, and the importance of being true to yourself.

  • Karan
    2019-02-12 07:11

    Not so interesting, didn't like the storyline