At first it seems a bit blasé, kind of dull, there was even a time I considered dnfi-ing but as I turn the pages, I inexplicably get attached to the story and to the characters and in no time, I’m already loving the book. The experience isn’t much different when I read Looking for Alibrandi. There is this timeless quality to Ms. Melina Marchetta’s writing that I just adore.
This is a heartwarming story of finding oneself, discovering the true meaning of friendship and belongingness and exploring the complexities of a family especially when one of the foundations is crippled by depression. I enjoyed this very much especially Frankie’s budding relationships with her complexly weird and adorable friends and love interest. I relished the laugh-out-loud moments but I also fondly absorbed the sad ones because there are so much to learn from them. It was quite an emotional read really and several times, I had to force back a lump in my throat.
I’m just bummed that it’s already over because I still want more Will and Frankie scenes because they are so shippable. But I’m thankful that there are two separate books on two of the characters I really enjoyed here, Thomas and Jimmy. I need the Piper’s Son and The Place on Dalhousie in my life!