TAPE is set to be the outstanding teen debut of 2014. Told with cracking prose, shimmering with humour and devastatingly moving, it will haunt anyone who reads it… Record a voice and it lasts forever… In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.


1. Prologue

Hello? Is it on? Yeah, I can see the light. It’s on. I’m starting again. I’m recording.

That just happened. That actually just happened and the crazy thing is it didn’t even feel weird. I think I get it now, Dad. I think I understand.

It’s probably best not to think about it too much, right?

The universe and everything.

I’m here. That’s what matters. I’m here doing this and it happened. Just like you said, so I guess the universe is happy.

Was it always meant to be now? Sorry, I’ll leave it alone.

Everything happens when it should.

This is what you did, sitting down and pressing record, and now it’s gonna be what I do.

I’m talking into the speaker — how does that even work?

Everybody always said, ‘It’s important to get stuff out, Ameliah, put it down, it’s part of moving on.’ I never really listened.

I guess I just didn’t want to do it their way. Maybe I wasn’t ready, I dunno.

This feels different. This feels right.

So much has happened. There’s so much to say, so I’m gonna say it.

It’s half twelve now and I’m recording my voice on to this tape.

Just like you. 

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