In all honesty I was about 50 pages into this book and I was hating it. I kept asking myself why there was so much hype for this writer and this story. And then Francesca, Will, Justine, Siobhan, Tara, Jimmy and Thomas got their acts together and I fell in love. I seriously love the way the friendships and relationships were developed as the book went one. I loved it so much in fact I ended up reading the whole book in one day.
Melina Marchetta truly has a gift with words. She had me feeling every single thing Frankie was feeling. From her confusion to her heartache to her loneliness to her eventual acceptance. I laughed and a cried and I enjoyed the journey whole heartedly. I loved that each character had their own personality and their own flaws but they all worked as a whole together. Without Thomas Justine wouldn't make sense, and without Justine Will wouldn't work, and so on. They all needed each other because they were all a part of one another. Truly inspiring.
You have made a believer in me Ms. Marchetta of the power of you words and the way you tell a story and i apologize for thinking anything else when i began this story. I mean with lines like: "Oh God, Frankie, I breathe in rhythm with that man. You think that's not my flesh and blood after all these years?" and "I notice when you're not. Does that count?" how can you o wrong! Brava!