Author: Melina Marchetta
Publish Date: March 9th, 2010
Genre: YA, Contemporary
In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.
I loved this book. Everything is just so well thought-out and the FEELS. Oh my gosh the feels that I get from this book.
“She stares at me for a moment, a cold angry look on her face. A look I’ve never seen before. ‘You know your problem?’ she asks quietly. ‘It’s that you’re never interested in what anyone else is feeling. What I was trying to say before you rudely, as usual, interrupted me, is that all of us are worried about you, not about this situation, and we think you should just try to get some sleep and let us take over but you don’t care because the difference between you and us is that you fly with…with…I-Don’t-Give-a-Shit Airline and we fly with a friendlier one.'”
Things like this quote are what made this book such a great experience. The characters are so realistic and amazingly written. The relationships aren’t forced and the humor is one of the best parts. When was the last time you’ve heard someone say “I-Don’t-Give-a-Shit Airline”? Everything in the book makes you feel. The awkward moments feel substantially awkward. The happy moments feel happy. The book makes you really appreciate the characters and writing. Reading about how Taylor has changed over the course of the novel was really entertaining.
Every character is developed thoroughly and I absolutely loved all of them. Taylor was a fantastic character. She was flawed, she was realistic, and she changed for the better. Each character had dimension and was believable. They had flaws, they had strengths, and each of them were distinct. The best part of the book wasn’t just the characters, but the relationships they had. There were friendships, couples, family, and everything in-between. All of it was handled so well. The characters themselves, are reason enough to pick up this book.
The plot is really great, although it’s confusing in the beginning. The book reveals the story layer by layer and it’s an amazing reading experience. As you continue to read, you’ll have moments of realization where everything begins to click together and moments where you’ll squeal over the sweet interactions. It’s just planned really well and written so that it keeps it’s mysterious feel. It’s an amazing read that will keep you intrigued throughout.
This book was heartwarming, a book that everybody should read at least once. The characters and plot will stay with you. And while it won’t make you cry, it will have the same effect on you as any tear-jerker will.