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Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself. A compelling story of romance, family, and friendship with humor and heart, perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Lauren Myracle.

I tell him stories. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago. Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse.

But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside.

He even believes he will find his imprisoned father. But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her. Those born last will make the first. For Charyn will be barren no more. Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home Or so he believes Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper.

Georgie and Sam. Tom and the girls. Tara and Tom. Francesca and Will. Callum and Tom. Whether they are 6 or 21 or 42 or 70, each and every one of these characters ring true. And I'm a bit in love with every one of them. Like I'm nothing to no one.

Hey, you, readers! Months after my reading I still find me thinking about Tom and his family, inside in knots, and that's so rare I couldn't not aknowledge that feeling. Please , if you feel the urge to step out your comfort zone, just try it. Actually that book makes me want to take my entire friend list and to click frantically on recommend - but nah , don't worry, I wouldn't do that. I think. I guess shut up. There's an expression on their face, or a tone in their voice, or the way they walk, that you've never ever seen before.

Like they've kept it hidden. Until their brother dies. Or their son. I remember those days and they were like these strangers and I wanted to say, Who are you people?

View all 27 comments. After re-reading some of my favourite parts of this book, I decided to overlook what made me decide to give it 4 instead of 5 stars before. It's just too good for anything less than 5. Original Review First I have to explain why I'm not giving this book the full five stars it seems everyone else is giving it.

Likely it is just me being stupid and inappreciative of subtle beauties but I thought towards the beginning there were too many parts of the book that lost me. I understood that the writing was great but I couldn't grasp where the story was going or the point behind it and I spent about half of the first 80 pages getting distracted. And then I got it. No, I really did. It was the kind of story that is meant to be subtle but turns out all the more meaningful for it.

Melina Marchetta is undoubtedly a fantastic writer who creates very believable and imperfect characters. Tom, let's be honest, is a little shit, he deliberately says things he knows will hurt people and he's just generally not a very nice guy.

But you feel his pain too. This book is an example of the good kind of angst, the kind that leaves the reader feeling just as wounded as the characters in question. The vast array of troubled characters who have experienced all kinds of heartbreak and hurt could have turned this novel into something cliched, melodramatic and soap opera-ish. On the contrary, the author conveys nothing but raw, gut-twisting emotion; it's difficult not to at least get teary-eyed at some point.

Not because the relationships themselves are particularly similar, but because I experienced a similar depth of emotion told in very different ways. It has to be said, even though it has already been said by many others before, the scene where Tom goes down on Tara and thinks about the bell line from the poem.

Oral sex goes poetic? It's oddly beautiful. I don't suppose I wrote this review for any other reason than I couldn't help myself.

I mean, it's not as if the book needed some more raving about, the many reviews already shout it out pretty loudly. So, you know, if you haven't read this book View all 9 comments. Once again, Melina Marchetta surprised me in a very good way with this novel. Tom is a mess.

He drinks, he smokes pot, he sleeps around. Needless to say Tom is lonely and a little lost as well. Georgie feels exactly like her nephew, angry, lost and lonely. This novel has everything. Tom is a character you will like from the beginning. We get to see Tom in many situations in this novel — with his family, with his friends and with Tara. His character development is fantastically done.

Anyway, I loved all the emails between Tom and Tara. They were funny and sweet, they were perfect. And I loved the way he feels for Tara. The relationship between Tom and his family felt real to me from the beginning to end. Georgie is a character I liked from the beginning.

Like Tom she has flaws and she also has fears and insecurities. This is a character driven story, so the plot was pretty simple, not as complex as others YA novels's plots. Overall, a wonderful read! View all 58 comments. Sep 18, Nataliya rated it liked it Shelves: This is the book for people with truly big hearts.

Metaphorically speaking, of course, because in the words of warning from Dr. Sheldon Cooper, PhD: This is a book about finding your way back after having lost yourself in the depths of grief. It is the story of people who desperately try and often fail to hold their lives together. It is flowing with melancholy which gives way to anger which in turn gives way to love and hope just to swing back into the tender melancholy again.

It is a book about people broken by their grief, who now have to come to terms with it and learn how to live as whole beings again. It is tender and touching, and quite lovely. With a healthy helping of angst, I must admit. They'd never done that before. Weren't that type of family. Except now he doesn't know what kind of family they are. What word is it that can define them?

What would they call his family in the textbooks? The Mackees can't be put back together again. Maybe because I've been calloused by life at this point.

Maybe because I feel a little too old to fully accept the amount of angst that it has. Maybe because at times I felt like reaching into this book and very gently shaking the characters to their senses.

And maybe because despite the ever-present melancholy I kept having this nagging feeling that somehow everything will magically turn out to be alright, even though to sustain the emotional protracted gut-punching it should not have.

But 3. Or an incredibly happy-go-lucky person. The part of this book that I loved and would be happy to give at least 4 stars to was the part with Georgie - a year-old mother-to-be, caught in a sticky situation of carrying the baby which she did not want for the reasons of her own of a man who has betrayed her in the past. All while trying to get over the grief of losing her little brother - and, to a point, her twin brother as well.

Georgie is a lovely character - both strong and vulnerable, sometimes unreasonable and petty, at other times amazing with the amount of generosity in her heart and soul. She felt real to me , and for most of her story I wanted to reach into the book's pages and give her the most sincere hug. The part that cost this book quite a few of its stars was Georgie's nephew Tom , the other narrative voice, who appears to be more of a protagonist of this story than Georgie does.

He is lonely and broken and lost and a mess and sensitive and misunderstood and all that stuff that is supposed to make my girly heart swoon at his vulnerability. Unfortunately, I tend to agree with this quote quite a bit: But I found it hard to feel for him. Wallowing in his own despair, he seemed to be so hell-bent on being a jerk to anyone who dared to show any love for him that I decided to not open my heart to him - and that was surprisingly easy.

I just think that the excuse of being a jerk because of your own misery only takes you so far , and that Tom was incredibly lucky to have a group of friends that for whatever reasons did not give up on him.

They must have had bigger hearts than mine. But he gets a feeling that he would be preaching to the converted. I have not read the prequel to this one, Saving Francesca , but I will definitely look for it now.

Melina Marchetta is a good writer, and I'm looking forward to more of her books full of heart and humor and always quite a bit of sadness. Her reply to anything she wanted to do was Jane Bennet's response to Bingley's marriage proposal, 'A thousand times yes. View all 10 comments. Mar 25, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sometimes I can't take the shit in my real life okay, my inner nothing to show for it life is mostly purgatorial neverending staircases too.

Some stupid shit that amuses me way too much as well and I pretty much have to run away for the cause of my fleeting hold of sanity gasp! My savior are those beach trips with my books. I've been shoring up all my hopes for them. I'm so happy that we've had beach weather again.

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The Piper's Son is my second beach book of I know this is going to be Sometimes I can't take the shit in my real life okay, my inner nothing to show for it life is mostly purgatorial neverending staircases too. I know this is going to be one of my longing times because I kept taking hold of moments as they were happening something I do when anything good happens.

Family doesn't end. So my life has been too much again for Saving Francesca reasons. I'll leave it at that, like family reasons are too much to explain to anyone not family. The Piper's Sons reasons are my reasons too. Crawl under a rock. No books and lights under the duvet. There's no damned light because it's too hard. The mind trains are stuck. I run away to the beach. It's freedom to not know anyone around I can even do my awesome chair dance moves and not care who sees.

New me! I love strangers. I am not staring at the dead end horizons any more. I really needed this story about Tom who has the complicated family life that is impossibly hard. He kills his good chances himself. Tom and Francesca I am still running away. I'm just happy to get out of the stuckness. If I could explain why I could believe Tom found his freedom from the old shit I'm jealous too! It feels like it could be seen from outer space. If it could be! Why Mariel loved The Piper's Son so damned much.

Those feelings of wanting to change the world.

From sitting in the sand? The Piper's Son is seeing it. Yeah, that's it. Mind blind spots that are complicated family reasons of just you. And you get it anyway. Melina Marchetta must be a genius. Outer spaces as inner spaces. Live through this I freaking loved it when Tom starts listening to Regina Spektor in secret. My top Regina Spektor songs 1. Loveology 2.

Prisoners 3. Daniel Cowman 4. Carbon Monoxide 5. The Genius Next Door 6. Folding Chair 7. Belt 8. Consequence of Sounds 9.

Braille Samson P. I felt more intensely about this story and these people than this review lets on.

It's hard to open up about how much I really get Tom and Francesca. Sometimes this shit becomes the part of you that to you're just sick to death of telling yourself about. Talking about it to people who don't have this inside them can be those punches Tom didn't pull to get rid of anyone who would help. Or fear that it does They tell me.

I'd rather be there, for them. I'm barely here for me sometimes. View all 14 comments. Jun 10, Eh? At first I had this book at arms-length. It couldn't be as good as Saving Francesca! This one seemed to be all these wacky family and friends, entertaining but nothing I could identify with. Somehow, I understood these people, their frustrations and love. I broken-record bemoan how my family has never communicated like this, how I've never been part of a circle of friends like this.

They're so luckyyyyyy, my life is sooooooooo harrrrrrd I remember my brother and I at maybe 6 and 4 years old watching tv in the evening, I think after our baths, and mom comes in with this rope that she wields to make a sound like a whipcrack.

My big brother starts bawling. Mom and I stare at him, look at each other, and begin laughing. He sobbingly yells "it's not funny! I can see that the rope is red licorice, candy that mom meant to treat us with.

I remember visiting the southern coast of Korea, where women dive without equipment for edibles from the sea. I'm about 6 and terribly cute, and get my picture taken with some of these weathered ladies who exclaim over me. The parents and us kids sit down in a nearby restaurant to eat fresh delicacies.

Sliced sea cucumber, glistening and almost quivering. My parents dig in. Dad offers a piece to my brother. He overreacts, screwing up his little face to start crying and throwing up his arm to defend his mouth from this yucky-looking piece of goo.

Someone snaps a picture right then. I bust out laughing every single time I come across that picture, even today. Huh, lots of my happy memories seem to involve my brother crying.

Is funny!!! I remember one night after some church group sports, for some reason my brother and I decide to walk the half mile home instead of waiting for mom to pick us up. We're about 10 and 12, well into the sibling standoff years.

We go out the back and start crossing the huge field. I get scared. My brother, for the first time in a long time and for the last time I can recall reaches out and takes my hand, gently encouraging me into a jog. I remember hours and hours of watching him play video games, yelling "yeah! The carpet where I sat is still obviously worn, that one spot every time.

I remember a recent evening, visiting the parents, and dad has bought me some cookies. Mom is scolding him because of the sugar. I offer to split it with dad. Mom includes me in the scolding, since dad isn't supposed to have that much sugar, he's too old, old people eat sugar and get fat like your dad, he shouldn't download that anymore Behind mom's back, I see dad quietly open the package and remove a few for himself, hiding it in his work bag.

He holds his finger up to his smiling lips and I give him a nod, quickly returning attention back to mom before she looks back to see what's distracted me from her lecture.

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I remember a rough day of not working on my thesis, probably in my 3rd year of grad school as I drag out the process, uncertain of what would come next if I finished it and had no next goal ready to go. I remember visiting a friend around Easter and being handed an adorable little chicken toy, one that I keep in my car where I can see it.

I remember I remember shaking in frustration over "team"work, clenching my fists so that even my bitten nails were threatening to draw blood, and a friend talking talkingtalkingtalking so that I was soothed without realizing it, soon laughing and commiserating.

It's nothing like this book, really, but it digs up these memories. I did cry, at a few different points. God, I hope she writes of these people again. View all 19 comments. Okay, after almost a year of considering it, I did decide to rate this book. Sorry, guys. This is also one of those times when I should have stopped early on and not pushed through.

Why have I not learned this lesson yet? It seems like Marchetta tends to write something similar to the Job story.

This book reminded me of a conversation I had with my dad about Job once. In my memory, which I think I have tailored to my reading of this book, my dad was talking about why he loved Job. The author tells you, and so you know, that none of the things that happen to Job are punishment. And then, right away, God makes a bet with the devil that Job will never turn against Him, and He unleashes the devil on Job just to prove it. Everyone Job knows abandons him. But, that is not what the story is about.

That is all just preface. It is actually an annoying story to read, to me, because the stuff these guys say is so unbearably windbaggy. Anyway, my dad loved that this story about ultimate tragedy is mostly about human blame. And I feel like Marchetta tries to write characters whose coats have been stripped off, but to me she fails, and that leaves me confused and bitter at the emptiness of the stories. Job feels more like someone left in the wind. Because tragedy might be part of nature, but the chill wind is people.

I have said and done those things, had those experiences, or at least known a close friend or two who did. So, then, the ultimate hugs and puppies feel like deliberate falseness injected into a very real story.

I take them personally, and they are very effective messages that hurt my feelings a lot. I just think Marchetta, like Nicholas Sparks, throws in natural tragedy — death, depression — for emotional impact, and then shies away from hard truths. Like, what if every single bad feeling ever between characters was not just a silly misunderstanding?

I am not a fan of the theory that people are assholes to each other because they just love each other so much.

I feel very uneasy about the opposite message. Marchetta takes away a scarf, which we hear rumors that a character had before the story began, and then replaces it with snow gear, a hazmat suit, and a plastic bubble. I do not want to see characters suffer more, but it feels manipulative to use real tragedy to facilitate the Grease story.

For whatever reason, the specific things that sent me through the roof in the story were view spoiler [ 1. Get over yourself. The deal with the partly-deaf co-worker needed not to happen.

That dragged on for so long, and it was so obvious that the guy was going to have hearing issues. And, wow, the moral of this story is. That conversation almost made me throw the book.

It my experience, that is not how that conversation plays out. In my experience, that conversation plays out like it does in Job, not with a fun shopping trip after hide spoiler ]. At another time in life, I think I would have read it and hoped it somehow related to reality, like I think I would have hoped with The Notebook.

But now I read it and just feel bitter and old and confused. View all 23 comments. I know I should have savoured this book in its entirety. I should have read slowly and taken my time. The book clearly deserves savouring. But I have no restraint. Instead, I holed up in my room for the whole afternoon hurray for being a university student with Friday afternoons off! Now I feel a bit lightheaded and dizzy, my eyes are puffy and a little red from cr I know I should have savoured this book in its entirety.

Now I feel a bit lightheaded and dizzy, my eyes are puffy and a little red from crying, but I have this wonderful feeling only very few books can give me. They make me forget the world around me completely, they make me feel with their characters and love them despite their obvious flaws and they make me wish the book would never end.

Marchetta simply has a way with words that makes her novels so compelling and unputdownable does this word exist? People I would love to know and be friends with, to be honest. It was amazing to see the group of friends from Saving Francesca again and even some secondary characters from Jellicoe Road , although they only made a brief appearance , and I feel a little sad now that the book is over and I had to leave them behind.

But apart from that, it was equally great to meet the new characters introduced in this novel. And, despite being a novel about grief and loss, it had its hilariously funny moments! So, well, I will stop gushing here, sorry.

It's always a little hard to write reviews for books I absolutely loved - after a while I realise how limited my vocabulary is when it comes to praise. Should you somehow not have gotten the hint up until now: I would strongly recommend you read this book if you haven't done so already.

Thanks a lot to Nic for sending this over and to Olivia for letting me borrow it! Isn't the Aussie cover just gorgeous? Tom wants oblivion. He's 'aiming for oblivion' because he is sick of everything. His uncle Joe died a few years back and he has never been quite the same since. He is still full of anger and grief and Isn't the Aussie cover just gorgeous?

He is still full of anger and grief and bitterness. Worse still, he stayed behind when his mother went away with his sister, Anabel, after his dads drinking went from bad to worse. He stayed because he could not bring himself to leave his father when he knew he needed him most.

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But only weeks later his father left him too. So he broke up with Tara Finke, because being around her hurt too much, because he was afraid she could never fix him, and he left the gang because he could not find the words to speak to any of them anymore. Tom pushes away every friend that he loves, and the family that he loves keeps leaving him.

When we meet him he's high on drugs, split his head, living with some idiots and indulging in one night stands. But when he wakes up, it's Tara that he calls for and Tara who he wants to save him because he needs saving, and it's Francesca, who he hasn't talked to for years, that is sitting by his side with sadness and pity in her eyes that he can't stand.

Francesca really shines in this book. Her determination to hold on to Tom, to be there for him when he is horrible to her astounds me.

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She is so patient because she knows that he is sad and hurting and that she needs to have faith, and she keeps hoping that her Tom will come back to her and the girls. And when he does, reluctantly, she is scared and weary but she refuses to leave him. You can think what you want of Francesca, but if you need her when you are in dire need, she will not hesitate to be there. I don't know if friends like that even exist anymore.

Although I've read this before, it still shakes me up how different Tom is. How this laughing, dorky, crude, funny boy changed into this different angry hurting person so fast. It makes you take a step back because if you've read SF just a few days before like I did , seeing him so different is almost overwhelming.

Marchetta steals my heart with these characters. Finally, this time around, I got to see Will in another light and realise that he really is good for her. And that he might be a prick at times and full of it, but he also has a lot of heart. And he might not be the most affectionate in a crowd but if you take a closer look, you'll see that he understands her like no one else does.

When she is down he tells her 'we'll get through this' and when she is shivering and cold he takes her hand in his and puts it in his pocket to keep her warm. And even if you look back to SF when she asks him if he thinks anyone knows if she alive, he doesn't hesitate to tell her that he does. It's very easy to dislike Will but probably even harder to like him because he so easily comes across as an ass. But it also took me this time around to also realise why him and Tom don't get along.

Or why he doesn't like Tom anyway. It's because they both love her. And I think the two are still working on sharing her with the other. I have a bone to pick with a few of them though. Tom's mother and father, for example. I think it's completely out of line how both their children suffer because they're making them live worlds apart, and then let them think they're going to have a divorce yet they don't even have the decency to tell them the truth.

I don't even know what to say to that. I pretty much hate the two for it. Seeing things through Tom's eyes is so painful.

With Francesca when she sees Will and how she views the world might be blurred and dark but there's also still that innocence about her. When there's a moment where Will has her against the wall in SF.

Because I wasn't ready to see it so bluntly and raw through his eyes. It also made me realise that Francesca is no longer the young girl I always viewed her as. She's a woman. And seeing someone grow up so fast is kind of hard when you grow to love them. When you read about couples in some books, you always tend to think what they have is sweet and nice and leave it at that.

Because at the end of the day you know it's just fiction. But in this book, it's so damn realistic that you find yourself intrigued and completely in love with these guys, but at the same time, when they have these moments, you feel like you're intruding, because it's so personal and perfect and wonderful that a part of you can't help but wish that you had that. Georgie is another character I grew to really care for. She is confused and hurting and frustrating as hell at times. But her and Sam go through so much, and he messes up so so bad that it's hard to think of how they can ever come back from it.

Their journey is a tough one. But once you realise that despite it all they are so in love, that they are so right for one another - any reluctance goes out the water. I found myself rooting for these two.

When you get down to it, she was a bitch and he was a shit for what he did. And I think by the end of it they had both suffered enough.

You ever wondered where Tom got his craziness from? Meet Dominic and Grace: They aren't the most affectionate, and it's through seeing them that you notice why Tom struggles with showing emotion and letting people in. His whole family is a bit messed up in that way. But they are such characters that you can't help and love them anyway. When I first saw Dominic, it was eerie seeing how similar they were.

The way they talk and walk, their tough outer shell but inner mushiness. Their cocky nature. Oh, and shit stirring -which happen to be one of their specialties. You get to know Tom's habits too. He has this habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Of being a complete shit and doing everything possible to not show how much he cares. You see bits of it through Francesca's confused eyes, but now you really see what he's thinking when he acts that way.

The thing with Tom is that he tries so hard to push you away and make you hate him because it scares him when he starts caring for you, because everyone that he loves keeps leaving him and he's afraid of being hurt again. And I think Francesca saw this from day one and that's why she waited for him to come to her.

And I think he knows that.

And I also think that because they have this mutual understanding, they will always love each other in a very different way. Tom has be to be my favourite character. I connected with him so quickly in this book, that he definitely is the person that I miss most when I don't read this book for a time. I should warn you, this boy is just hilarious. Really he is. He made me laugh so hard. And I felt like I finally got to know just who Tom Mackee is, which is something since he is such a freaking puzzle.

Luca and Anabel anyone? I love how he is going to be such a heart-breaker. It was a moment for me when they mentioned he was in year I felt like I had just found out that my little brother was all grown up.

Him and Anabel just made me grin. I see something happening there. And I love how Tom is pretty weary of him. He should be! Anabel is lovely and sensible and all voice of reason, the sanest out of her crazy family, as Joe said.

Her and Tom share such a great relationship. But his emails mostly start with 'fugly', or something annoying which may seem a bit 'meh' from afar, but it is tinged with affection. I'm 20 and I still get those emails from my brother, so sorry Anabel, I don't think those kind of things ever go away when you're the little sister.

And although they converse through emails, I love how he really has to work hard to get her to talk to him.

He knows he's messed up HARD, and it's fantastic to watch them slowly open up. That girl is just so good that it's wrong. She really is Francesca's rock and just so kind and empathetic. I never really got how much she was there for Francesca until I reread SF.

I can see why they are best friends now. Siobhan needs to get her butt back, by the way. It is suckish seeing so less of her. You ,dude, need to tell me who the hell those girls are back home that you were talking about. Is it 'those girls'? Because if it is I need to know more!!!

And thank you for making an appearance, because you, my friend, are awesome. Tell the gang I love and miss them. There were moments in the book that reminded of other moments in the her other books. Or they seemed similar in a way to some moments in her other books. Now I don't mind it at all, if anything, it gets me all nostalgic about her books, but it's just something that I noticed and wanted to point out to any other reader that might have noticed?

Hearing the littlest things about him made me want to reach out to him. It freaks me out that he must have been in so much pain and there's nothing that the gang could have done about it So when I read a post telling me that the real Jimmy is in Ireland and that Melina Marchetta knew him as a teen and that she recently saw his profile on facebook where his interest included 'laughing at people when they fall down' which is just such a jimmy thing, she says and that he is happy now even though she never thought he would be -my heart soars and I want to see and know this jimmy and tell him that all us Marchetta girls absolutely adore him.

You didn't forget the sex scene, did you? I felt like My heart was in complete overdrive and it was such a moment that I wish that these moments were done as perfectly and as beautifully as it was done in this book. I''m still not over it. Just read it. I guarantee that you will be blown away. He hears her breathing so close to his ear. View all 8 comments. Oct 15, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alright guys, buckle up, this is going to get sappy. No, what Marchetta shows us is the real thing.

Honest and raw love. IMO she does that in a way like no other author can. Thanks to Nic for sending this book over to Germany and thanks to Olivia for lending it to me. View all 35 comments. My heart must be made of stone to give this book three stars.

Five years have passed since the days of Saving Francesca and Tom Mackee is a total mess. He's lost it all: Actually, he dumped Wow. Actually, he dumped them. This is a book about redemption and how, after touching the bottom and even digging a little bit, it is through love that people can find and hope and trust in themselves to resurface. The truth is, after reading Saving Francesca only a few days ago and knowing this book features the same set of characters, I was fairly sure it would be along the lines of the other book, with the same tenor.

I was very wrong though, this book is totally different from its companion which really, if you think about it, stands to reason, considering Francesca and Tom are two different people with different lives and therefore their stories are told with different voices. Marchetta is, truly, a perfect observer of human emotions. She nails them down and describes them with a sharpness and simplicity that unsettle me. When I read some of the sentences all I could think was: Why didn't I think of this before?

Some of my favorites: Tom notices that he does that a lot.

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Speaks quietly. It's almost as if Sam believes that if he raises his voice, she'll notice he's around and then she'll remember the past and tell him to get lost.

So, these days, Sam speaks quietly. It's the joy of smoking for him. Isolation doesn't have to be explained when you're leaning against a brick wall with a cigarette in your hand. Rolling your own is better. It takes more time, and Tom has all the time to spare.

Truly, this book is heartbreaking and so real, it makes me totally jealous of Tom because, even if his life is pretty messy and with his family with complications, I wish I had friends like his. True ones, who don't ask for anything back and see right through you. So why the three stars? Well, my first problem with the book came right at the beginning, when most characters are introduced.

The more I kept reading, more names appeared, the more I got confused as to how the MacKee-Finch family was composed.

I was even tempted to draw a kind of genealogical tree to figure out the details. Plus, I don't know if it was only me, but sometimes there were scene or dialogues where Marchetta indicates "his father" and in the room there are Tom, Bill and Dom and I couldn't really figure out who the author was talking about.

My second problem had to do with the narrative technique. I've come to the conclusion that there are a few authors whose 3rd person I don't like and I am afraid that Marchetta might be one of them. In this book, some scenes fell flat, awkward and I'm pretty sure it was because of the 3rd person. Talking about awkward, I come to the last problem I had with the book. Because, to me, there were some undeniably awkward parts.

I'm thinking it might have to do with symbolism and I don't do well symbolism. There were at least three different occasions in which talk of a damn table came up. Now, I might be interested in knowing Dominic was making a table out of wood in order to accommodate the whole extended family but that they have to have a family dialogue three times about it and just to say it needs to be finished, felt just outright weird to me.

Was it because it might be that they felt the need to reunite their broken family? Was the table meant to be the symbol of said reunited family? And that wasn't the only case; I might understand the deep and gut-wrenching grief the characters felt for Joe, died in a Tube terrorist attack in London.

I did not understand the weird parallel Joe's and Tom Finch's death had, Tom Finch being the father of Dominic and Georgie, who had fallen in Vietnam some 30 years earlier and that they barely remembered.

The importance of bringing his bones back to Australia, not only for the family but for his fellow soldiers as well was just a mystery to me, not to be disrespectful. Again there might be a certain parallel here between their inability to bring back Joe and their grandfather standing as a symbol but So for me, there were the parts with the friends, Francesca, Justine and Ned and the story with Tara - and let's not forget Mohrin the Ignorer - which were highly enjoyable, intelligent, witty, laugh out loud parts.

I mean, "Last night", their mother explains to Anabel patiently, "Tom received a call from Tara saying she was flying into Sydney an hour before he's flying out to Hanoi. So they are going to miss seeing each other because Tara will be gone by the time Tom returns.

And they really want to see each other. In his head it had been a mess of WHAT? And then there were the parts which concerned the MacKee-Finch family and those were different and somehow more confusing and less enjoyable to me and definitely more depressing. The Marchetta I love is in the other parts, in the other books. I'll see what happens with Looking for Alibrandi. Follow me at NightReader View all 17 comments. Jan 10, Robin Bridge Four rated it it was amazing Shelves: The stories she tells about families that are strong and loving but have been broken by a tragedy and are trying to pick up the pieces again draw you in to the point you never want to leave.

The only thing wrong with this book is that it ended. Since then their lives have been turned upside down and inside out. This is the story of the point when everyone starts to put things back together.

It kind of comes with the territory. But liking is another story. You always love your parents, spouse, kids and friends but sometimes it is really hard to like them, especially when grief is eating you inside.

But for as many moments that are hard in this book there are all those others that are funny and hopeful and I spent the entire time rooting for Tom, "last bastion of patriarchal poor taste, arrested development and mental retardation" and Georgie. I rooted for people who would be the villain of another story. Sam, poor freaking Sam, who made a terrible mistake once upon a time. I see Sam and Georgie as a less funny version of Ross and Rachael from friends, but we were on a break, and I ache for Georgie to forgive him.

The way the story was pieced together with moments of the past and present added to the overall emotion I felt for the people involved. I liked Tom but I really connected with Georgie and loved her relationship to Tom.

I will say that I was so happy to get glimpses of the friends from Saving Francesca again. To see where everyone was at five years later and how most of their lives were still intertwined.

Reading about Will and Francesca down the road really gave me warm fuzzy feelings. True friends you can fall out of touch with for long periods of time sometimes and then just pick back up like almost no time has passed. I got to the end of this and wanted more…so much more. Thank you to Danielle who told me that there will be another book about Jimmy that will eventually be done and set two years after this.

Mar 16, Jasprit rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are too many pieces of them missing". It had this rawness about it that could touch you so deep, it was achy, and was full of so much heartfelt emotion seriously my feelings were all over the place with this book.

Tom had closed himself off from everyone after having lost his u "He comes from a broken home. Tom also shut out Tara and his other friends, he turned to find comfort wherever he could sometimes even with complete strangers and just generally getting wasted.True ones, who don't ask for anything back and see right through you. The only thing wrong with this book is that it ended. But I love that there's always hope in the end and that you just know it will all eventually work out for the characters.

This is a story that will make you laugh, that will make you cry, that will make you dream, that will make you pray and one that will undoubtedly change your life or your outlook on it at least forever. This is also one of those times when I should have stopped early on and not pushed through. It's a book that deserves to be read.