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The Overthinkers

Four people, figuring out sex, love and how to get their lives together

(3 customer reviews)
Authors: Lisa Portolan, Ben Cheong
Adult Fiction, General
153mm x 230mm

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“I laughed. I cried. Sometimes at the same time!’Tim Ferguson.

Portolan and Cheong’s voices stitch seamlessly together to lay out a funny, honest and extremely relatable story, so clearly born of the 2020s. I couldn’t get enough of it!  – Marlee Silva

Four people, figuring out sex, love, and how to ‘adult.’ Sydney – one of those places that just consumes you. A private school boy, a tortured drug dealer, a starving artist and a gay outcast, try to do their best as they navigate through the unspoken rules which govern the fast paced, status obsessed harbour city.

Benji: desperate to stand on his own, and be perceived as separate to his overachieving family.

Francesca: plotting her remarkable and glamorous future.

Leo: the confident gay-sian, but despite the pretence, lacks a sense of identity and self-worth.

Hamish: fell into drugs to distinguish himself.

Four stories interlaced together. Anxiety masked as confidence. Ambitions as arrogance. Insecurities which fester … until the cracks appear in the perfect façade.

Lisa Portolan

Lisa Portolan

Lisa Portolan is a writer, researcher and host of the Slow Love podcast series. From Sydney, Lisa has two books published, Happy As (2018) and Pretty Girls (2020). She is a PhD researcher from Western Sydney (on the impact of dating apps on intimacy) and hosts the successful podcast series Slow Love, which examines contemporary […]

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Ben Cheong

Ben Cheong

Ben Cheong is a PR consultant and accidental first-time author of [NEW The Overthinkers. An openly-gay, cis man, and son of first-generation Chinese Malay immigrants, Ben grew up in suburbia as an outlier in both the ‘Aussie’ and Chinese communities. Instead, Ben attempted to make connections in a very closeted, young LGBT+ community. As a […]

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3 reviews for The Overthinkers

  1. This book gives me the feels of ‘A Secret Life of Us.’

  2. I flew through this book, it’s not my normal genre but I couldn’t put it down.
    Let me start out by saying, I don’t think there is one “perfect” character in this book.
    They’re shown in the gritty light of Sydney living – young adults finding their feet in the humdrum of Sydney living!
    Dealing with racial profiling, online dating, sexuality, body dysmorphia, drug addiction and more,
    This little book packs a punch in delivering how some of these bigger issues can become normalised in our minds, justified in our actions, and how sometimes we need to take a moment to really ask what it is that WE want out of life – that is to say beyond the expectations from friends, family, work, society and trends…

  3. This book is extremely relatable and I really enjoyed it.

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