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Book Review: Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield - Reviewed by Ronnie293 (21 Aug 2014)
Vikki Wakefield’s novel All I Ever Wanted was the winner of the 2012 Adelaide festival literary awards for YA fiction. So I knew with Friday Brown I was in for a real treat. I wasn’t disappointed.
The Brown women were cursed. Going back generations they all died at an early age, on a Saturday, and all involving water. Vivienne would tell Friday that when she died the curse would move to her. Knowing this Friday wondered why her mother was always drawn to water. Every time they came across a river her mother would strip off and dive straight in. They lived a nomadic life moving from town to town. Friday loved this life, just the two of them. She grew up knowing love, peace and adventure. After her mothers death (another fatality of the Brown curse?) 17 year old Friday decided that she would start a new life on her own. She is soon befriended by a reticent and sombre boy named Silence and is taken back to a squat inhabited by homeless children, headed by the militant but charismatic, Arden. This is where Friday’s true struggles with her past and future, right and wrong begin. Friday knew that Arden’s control wasn’t a good thing but every time she tried to leave she was drawn back to her. However, when events started to spiral out of control Friday realised she would have to call on an inner strength she didn’t know she had to save herself and her friends.
Friday Brown is a riveting coming of age novel. Vikki Wakefield puts into words some of our deepest feelings and quite often you find yourself nodding as you read. I loved that Friday had only positive thoughts of her life with her mother. It must have truly been a hard life wandering from town to town with a mother that was a heavy drinker and quite often having to sneak out to avoid paying bills. Friday must have had to do the mothering on some occasions but we hear only of the freedom and the love they had. A beautiful story filled with heartache, hope, danger, suspense and a twist at the end you wont see coming. It will make you think and make you cry. Friday shows us how to be true to yourself and even if you are smaller and weaker than someone else you must always stand up for what you believe is right.
Vikki Wakefield's first young adult novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown was also an Honour Book, Children's Book Council of Australia, 2013. Among other awards, it was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister's Awards, 2013. Her new novel, Inbetween Days, will be published in October 2015. Vikki lives in the Adelaide foothills with her family.
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