Monday, January 9, 2012
Title: The Piper's Son
Author: Melina Marchetta
First Published: 2010 by Penguin
Tom wants out. he wants oblivion and he's seeking it every way he can to escape the death of his uncle, his family falling apart in every direction possible, the best friends he had and lost, one night stands and heart break over Physco Tara Finke. then he finds himself back where he started, at his pregnant aunt Georgie's, with the st Sebastian's girls. he starts remember everything from two years ago, before Joe was blown to smithereens. this time Tom needs saving, so he can put his family back together.
“Maybe she'd always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spent the rest of your life searching for them. ”
“He knows bad days. Bad days take him completely by surprise. They make him not trust the good days because it's likely something is lurking twenty-four hours away.”
“And if I get a little chemically imbalanced in the head, like we all know I tend to get sometimes, and I don't want my parents or brother knowing, Will's like, 'We'll deal with it.' He's never said, 'I'll fix it up.' He just says, 'You're not up to going back to uni to finish your Honours this year? Big deal. There's next year. We'll deal with it.'" She nods. "That's what he does well.”
it feels pointless to review it, no matter what i said i could never capture how much i LOVED The Piper's Son. it is now my favourite book. it was heart breaking and HILARIOUS within pages. it seemed like a real story and now i want to know more about Jimmy, more about Anabel and mostly more about the baby. please can their be a 3rd book? when i read Saving Francesca for the first i fell in love with everyone, it seemed so real, so perfect in it's broken way. i wanted more and that is exactly what's delivered in the book.
the way Melina Marchetta understands depression is one of the reasons i love these books so much. it's so hard to capture, to explain, and yet it's done so honestly, nothing left, not a cliche in sight. this is a godsend, especially Francesca who fights it with all she has and talks of it so honestly.
i love all the characters, so flawed, so honest, so messed up. the relationships were portrayed perfectly. i love them all, for all their faults.
i almost cried, i laughed and i sang with this book, because it captured life, the hardness of it and showed the beauty of it and made you want to fight for it. I am in love with this book.