If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.
Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She'll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he makes her popular, gets her parents back together, and promises not to haunt her. But things aren't so simple, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 02 / 2016
- 130 x 198 x 17mm
Though it took me a while to get into this book, "Yellow" was a very interesting read with flawed characters, real issues, overarching themes and an ability to draw tears from my eyes. At its heart, Yellow is about growing up, dealing with strife, friendship, identity and the unreliable nature of truth. There is also a lot of character development in multiple fronts, which is great.
I found it a really interesting look at small town life in Australia. It also does a really great job at paying homage to teachers and libraries.
I’d recommend going in knowing as little as you can and letting the story pan out with no particular expectations.
I will also note that the ending was excellent and really worked for the book – it’s definitely one of the best that I’ve read.
Trigger warnings for and mentions of alcoholism, bullying, parental separation, cheating, drug use, depression and suicide. - Melissa (QBD)