REVIEW: YELLOW by Megan Jacobson
If it wasn't for PenguinTeenAustralia Live event in Brisbane I would probably never buy YELLOW by Megan Jacobson, but I am glad they provide me with a ARC because I actually enjoy this book.
YELLOW is a YA murder mystery with a slight supernatural edge. The book talks about the live of the fourteen-year-old Kirra who's facing a really bad life crisis. 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 now 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 does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn't haunt her.
Yellow was unlike anything I have read before. When I first read the synopsis I though " why on earth a ghost is involved? ", but surprisingly...it worked well with the story!Yellow is written by a young and beautiful Australian writer, Megan Jacobson and is indeed a very "Aussie" book.
It takes place in the 1990s in a small coastal town and since I just moved to Australia I found interesting and involving read about Ozzy lifestyle and habits. It was nice to see it described in a book things that are part of the new society I live in.
The characters were interesting and well-developed. I really loved Kirra. She is so small, insecure and sad and she is facing so many problems for a kid of her age. She is screaming for help but nobody wants to listen. I was really worried about her and felt sorry all the time , but she is also smart and she got a inner strenght she doesn't even know to have that bloomed with the unfolding of the story.
Of course there is a mystery involved that , as I said , was quite intriguing and the twist definitely caught me by surprise. At first I thought that the paranormal thing doesn't really fit with the overall story, but it works so well that you forget that a ghost calling someone isn't normal.
I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars because I find the end a too YA clichè. But this is my personal taste.
I read this book in a couple of hours and I can say that it so well wrtitten that it's easy to get lost in Kirra's word.
Even if you don't like ghost stories ,like me , I suggest you to give this book a try, it might surprise you!
AUTHOR: Megan Jacobson
PUBLISHER: PenguinTeen Australia
COST: 19.99 A$
PUBLICATION DATE: 01/02/2016