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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761045172
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $22.99

Anything But Fine

A heartfelt and hilarious Australian YA debut from a rising star.

Luca is ready to audition for the Australian Ballet School. All it takes to crush his dreams is one missed step . . . and a broken foot.

Jordan is the gorgeous rowing star and school captain of Luca's new school. Everyone says he's straight - but Luca’s not so sure . . .

As their unlikely bond grows stronger, Luca starts to wonder: who is he without ballet? And is he setting himself up for another heartbreak?

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761045172
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Tobias Madden

Originally from Ballarat, Tobias worked for ten years as a dancer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, Singin’ in the Rain and Guys and Dolls. He now lives in Sydney with his husband, Daniel, and their Cavoodle, Ollie.

In 2019, Tobias edited and published Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, which featured his first published work, ‘Variation’. He also co-wrote the cabaret show Siblingship, which played to sold-out audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Tobias is a passionate member of the #LoveOzYA and LGBTQ+ communities, and he currently works full time for a major independent publishing company.

Praise for Anything But Fine

Anything But Fine is everything wonderful I love in a book: characters so real they breathe, a rollercoaster of a story that made me laugh, cry, and swoon, and vivid, gorgeous writing. Brilliant.

Jennifer Niven, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

In Anything But Fine, Tobias Madden delivers a stirring meditation on identity and grief. Sweet, warm and thoroughly delightful, it will quickly dance its way into your heart.

Krystal Sutherland, bestselling author of OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS

I was hooked from the first paragraph and I absolutely loved this book! At its heart is such a fresh, diverse, heartwarming love story that anyone will love, no matter how they identify. I cried at times but I smiled so often while I was reading this. While it was at times raw, devastating and real, it was such a fun, cute and romantic read, and I fell in love with Luca over and over again! I was cheering for Luca from the beginning and continue to cheer for him beyond the final page.

Gary Lonesborough, award-winning author of THE BOY FROM THE MISH

Anything But Fine is a gorgeous story about love, loss, friendship and hope – and about finding your true self after your one and only dream shatters into a thousand pieces.

Fleur Ferris, bestselling author of RISK

Anything But Fine is a hilarious and moving portrait of what it means to reassess your life when your future suddenly looks very different to what you’ve always dreamed. Tobias Madden has created a queer love story that is fresh, romantic and thoroughly entertaining.

Erin Gough, award-winning author of AMELIA WESTLAKE

Sincere, charming, emotional, and chaotic, Anything But Fine is an honest portrayal of how equally terrifying and beautiful figuring out who we are and who we can be is.


Luca and the whole cast of Anything But Fine will forever be pirouetting in my soul! With so much humour and heart, Tobias Madden shows that whether it's coming out, romance, friendship, school, or career ambitions, there's no singular right way to get where you're going. Even when seemingly insurmountable obstacles come your way, sometimes the biggest triumphs come from dancing into the unexpected.

Jason June, author of JAY'S GAY AGENDA

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