Vikki Wakefield talks about the process of writing her Young Adult novel, Friday Brown. wakefield. ‘They call me Friday. It has been foretold that. Friday Brown is the breathtaking second novel from the author of the award- winning All I Ever Wanted. Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book, Friday Brown [Vikki Wakefield] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Or, rather, they perform a small miracle together and ignite a fateful friendship that Friday is never likely to forget… Silence is a street kid. However, I am going to do my best feiday write some sort of review because I want the wakefie,d world to know that I love this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. My life has been told to me through campfire tales – stories that spill over when the fire has burnt low and silence must be filled.
Be prepared to feel and have your heart ripped out because this is no light read.
Seriously, Wakefield took my heart, tore it out and squashed it into tiny little pieces. Friday comes to describe them as being identical to the “lost boys” in Peter Pan. I was dragged along to Hanging Rock as a kid. See 2 questions about Friday Brown…. Vikki Wakefield tackles the hard subjects in Friday Brown — stuff like homelessness, abuse and its power, family, fear and loss.
But ultimately Friday Brown is a story about self acceptance, the value of friendship and family, and the importance of taking responsibility for our own life stories. Thus, Friday vkki away into the city, hoping to find her long forgotten father but instead stumbling upon Silence, a mute boy who introduces her to a band of homeless children led by Arden.
So be warned, don’t expect teen angst or even much romance. Friday Brown is a quiet novel, frixay, as I previously stated. So I knew with Friday Brown I was in for a real treat. Murungal Creek is abandoned, desolate and full of empty promises. Nevertheless, despite being such a fluid mesh of beautiful prose, scene after scene, and a vivid array of images, Friday Brown never lags in pace or allows your attention to wander.
I buried my mother. I had high expectations, and Vikki Wakefield exceeded them. The street kids are presented as lost and completely alone on their own, but with the guide of each other they are able to live almost happily. I also appreciated the change in her confidence once she leaves the city and ends up in the outback, seeing her come into her own and fight her fears was a very moving scene.
Life leads her into the city and to a ragtag group of street ki Vivienne used to say that sometimes the best you can do is to fridya not to be one of the bastards. Her metaphors and similes are especially vivid — so much so that I was jealous reading them.
Silence has a beautiful soul. But is Friday finding herself or merely letting the next charismatic wakefirld figure mold her into someone else? Yet, her struggle never prepared her for a life on the streets and to see Friday embrace the raw, hidden parts inside her to fend for herself in the city is an eye-opening journey.
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Next time, I’ll open my heart and allow myself to be changed by this book too. But the story for me didn’t quite match the evocative writing — which isn’t to say there isn’t an amazing story here. Open Preview See a Problem? They call me Friday. The cover just about makes me lose my shit. Read this bloody book. Yet, I must admit that for all its excellence, beauty, and honesty, Friday Brown was a novel I still expected a little more from.
Friday Brown is not a happy-go-lucky tale of becoming the best version of yourself.
Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield – – Allen & Unwin – Australia
Friday has spent her whole life with her mum, never stopping long enough to make friends, never knowing any other family members. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
It will make you think and make you cry. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming novel. Vikki, I know our first date went horribly and I went home with a blood nose and my best dress is ruinedbut this second date sounds really, really amazing and I mean it so let me love you, please: View all 12 comments.
But you don’t know that she’s a master at manipulation and in the end as insecure and sad as the rest of them.