Author: Vikki Wakefield
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date: July 2013
Source: ARC from publisher
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‘I am Friday Brown. I buried my mother. My grandfather buried a swimming pool. A boy who can’t speak has adopted me. A girl kissed me. I broke and entered. Now I’m fantasising about a guy who’s a victim of crime and I am the criminal. I’m going nowhere and every minute I’m not moving, I’m being tail-gated by a curse that may or may not be real. They call me Friday. It has been foretold that on a Saturday I will drown…’
Friday, 17, flees memories of her mother, grandad, and the family curse. She joins Silence in a street gang led by beautiful charismatic Arden, and escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never leaving, Friday faces the ghosts of her past. Sometimes you have to stay to finish what you started, and before you can find out who you are, you have to become someone you never meant to be.
Reviewed by: Jack
This is probably the most difficult review I’ve ever had to write. I don’t know why. All I know is that I loved Friday Brown so much, that I find it hard to explain my love for it in detail using words. Maybe one day I’ll find a way to get all my feeling across perfectly, but for now, here’s my long-awaited review of Friday Brown.
Friday Brown was one of the best, if not the best novel I’ve ever read. Where should I start? The story is different, and real, and that’s what I loved so much about it. Friday Brown is not only an unpredictable story, but one you cannot put down. Once you begin reading, all you want is to be totally engrossed in this story, with these beautifully developed characters. It’s definitely a book that you connect with, and that you never forget. Not only did I love how this story developed, but how dynamic it was throughout. It was gritty, mysterious, soft, vivid. Loved it.
The characters, oh the weird, wonderful, mysterious, gutsy, witty, characters. Not only vividly developed, but you feel like you know each one of them, and you instantly miss them once you turn the last page. I loved each and every one of them. Even Arden, i found her the most captivating of them all. I could go on and dissect her personality and the rest of the characters’, but I want to keep this review short and sweet. Their mysterious backgrounds, they’re contrasting personalities, all with a different story to tell. Their, odd, quirky relationships kept the story interesting. I’ve never come across a better set of characters before, and I don’t think I will.
The writing was one of the best aspects of this novel. Vikki Wakefield’s style is so unique, I fell in love with it instantly. I know that I will read every novel of hers because of how easily she can craft a story, and create a magnificent set of characters. Friday Brown was perfect, Wakefield blended everything together perfectly. I can’t thank her enough for writing a novel that I’ll always remember.
The prologue is the best part of Friday Brown. Friday’s memories of her mother, and her wish to live out her life as her mother once did. It was touching. It pulled me into the story straight away. Friday’s story is unforgettable. The Australian setting was so vivid and loveable. Friday Brown’s cover is perfect too! So subtle, so intriguing.
Well, as you can see, I loved everything about Friday Brown, and I haven’t don’t think I got my full, true feeling across in this review, but I sure as heck tried my best because I want to give this novel the praise it deserves! Again, thank you Vikki Wakefield, I can’t wait to get started on All I Ever Wanted.