Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Piper's Son was a little lacking.

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

Rating: 3 out of 5 hearts
328 pages
Released: March 2010
Buy it @ book depository

Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now it's Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can't forget. Shooting for oblivion, he's hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom's in no shape to mend what's broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper's Son redefines what it means to go home again.


I read "Finnikin of the rock" in May and really loved it, so I thought I'd give another one of Melina Marchetta's books a go. Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed with this. I didn't know that this was sort of a companion novel to "Saving Francesca", which I haven't read. I really wished I had read "Saving Francesca" first because I may have been a bit more invested in this.

The book is written from the third person but focuses mainly on Tom Mackee and his Aunty Georgie. Both of them weren't very interesting, so maybe that's why I didn't like this all that much. It's a shame I didn't feel as fondly for this as others did, I've seen many reviews from people who are in love with this.

After reading this though it makes me want to read "Saving Francesca" because Francesca was an awesome secondary character! I can imagine a book from her as the main character would be awesome. Another secondary character that I really liked was Tom's little sister. She isn't a big character, but she has balls and is totally cool! I wanted to read more about her.

On a side note, It was cool knowing this book is set in Australia because I got all the slang and references.

On the cover

This cover screams waking up after a big night out and not sure where you stayed. The backdrop looks exactly like a street in the city. It's not the best looking cover, but it's cool. 

What I'm listening on Audio to next: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

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