Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Friday Brown

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield.

‘They call me Friday. It has been foretold that on a Saturday I will drown….’

Seventeen year old Friday Brown is trying to escape. Escape her nomadic life, her mother’s death and the family curse that foretells of her own death…death by water.

Not wanting to live with her stern and taciturn grandfather, she finds herself on the streets. There she is befriended by Silence, a boy who due to physical abuse can not speak, and she is introduced to his ‘family.’ An eclectic group of kids living in a squat, under the guidance of the magnetic Arden.

The group leave the city for the ghost town of Murungal Creek, a place which Arden claims as theirs.  There Friday learns that family is more than what you are born with, it is what you create with those you love.  And that sometimes you have to fight for what you believe is right.

Wakefield creates a haunting yet real world, with some of the most broken characters I have yet to meet. Yet you feel for them. Silence, the mute boy with the damaged past is one of the best characters I have met for a long long time.

This book takes you on a journey with a bunch of misfit street kids- and leaves you with a sense of sadness and the understanding that it couldn’t have ended any other way.

I thoroughly recommend this book. Short-listed for the Book of the Year, Older Readers category by the Book Council of Australia 2013.

Vicki @ Pakenham


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