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Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But her plans are going awry. 

She's lost her job at Surf Shack after an incident that clearly was not her fault, and now she's not on track to have saved enough money. Her licence test went badly, which was also not her fault- she followed the instructor's directions perfectly. 

And she's missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago. 

But now that she's writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make sense.  

Kay Kerr's Please Don't Hug Me depicts life on the cusp of adulthood - and on the autism spectrum - and the complexities of finding out and accepting who you are and what's important to you.

About The Author

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Kay Kerr is an autistic author and journalist from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Her latest book, Love & Autism, is out now. It is a narrative non-fiction, celebrating neurodivergent life and love. 

Her first two novels are for Young Adult readers: Please Don’t Hug Me and Social Queue. They have been long and shortlisted for awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and the Queensland Literary Awards. 

Kay’s freelance writing has appeared in The Guardian, SBS Voices, Daily Life, Broadsheet, and Peppermint Magazine, amongst others. She writes about autistic representation, disability, parenting, pop culture, gardening, and feelings.

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