The only thing worse than cleaning up after celebrities was having to watch her own family trying to impress them.

The quiet coastal community of Pippi Beach is rocked when a party of young Hollywood movie stars and influencers arrives for the summer. Like most of the locals, mum Lydia is thrilled but her teenage daughter Lily finds the Hollywood types are superficial and arrogant – especially Dorian Khan, the most famous of them all. She is soon to discover that first impressions can be deceiving ...

This hilarious debut turns a much loved classic into a contemporary hit - written by Angourie Rice, internationally acclaimed actor and host of the literary podcast The Community Library, and her award winning playwright mother, Kate Rice.


Angourie Rice is an actor with international feature film and television credits, including Mare of Easttown, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Black Mirror and Ladies in Black. Angourie also writes, produces and hosts a literary podcast, The Community Library.

Kate Rice is an AWGIE award-winning playwright with a PhD in ethical creative process and experience writing theatre with and for young people. Her work has been commissioned by Melbourne City of Literature, Curtin University, Deckchair Theatre, Barking Gecko Theatre, Darwin Theatre Company, Darwin High School and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts.


Stuck Up & Stupid is a light and easy read, perfect for a summer holiday or for a rainy day when dreaming of the beach.

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This book will hook readers aged between 12-15… A fun addition to the romantic comedy genre.

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Angourie and Kate Rice really captured the essence of Jane Austen’s classic and have managed to take a well-known story and make it their own. All the characters you know, and love are present, with a modern twist… if you’re looking for a fresh take on a beloved story, then this fun and ridiculous book is a hilarious, fast-paced read for ages 13+.


Light and fun.

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The depiction of the sun and surf lifestyle at the Aussie beach rings true, and adds authenticity to the setting… It is a light-hearted romantic romp and could easily be visualised as a film. It would make an easy summer read, and perhaps for the younger teen an entree to the complex world of Austen.

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Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children
Indie Book Awards - Young Adult
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