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So Much to Tell You (So Much to Tell You #1)

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Scarred, literally, by her past, Marina has withdrawn into silence.

She speaks to no one. But, set the task of writing a diary by her English teacher, she finds a way of expressing her thoughts and feelings and of exploring the traumatic events that have caused her distress. There is so much that she has to say...
Paperback, 150 pages
Published December 1999 by Walker (first published 1987)
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Jenna
Jun 11, 2016 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Much To Tell You by John Marsden is an Australian classic and I can’t believe I’ve not read it before now. It’s one of those books that I always thought I had read, but when I sat down with it last week, it wasn’t familiar at all. Which made me feel like a very Bad Australian.

Anyway, I’ve read it now and I can see why it’s such a classic. It’s raw and emotional and so authentic, which is particularly impressive when you consider this female-dominated story, told in diary style from the perspe
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☼♄Jülie
Mar 11, 2016 ☼♄Jülie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All, esp Young Adults.
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie by: Self.


*May contain spoilers*

I listened to the audio version of this book (#1) during a few quiet hours in my garden, it was the perfect setting.

After suffering a horrendous injury to her face whilst intervening in an argument between her parents, young Marina has stopped talking. She has found herself unable to speak at all, and no amount of encouragement from doctors, hospital staff or family can coax words from her.
Her injuries, although extensive, don't appear to be the cause of her inability to ta
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Sally
Re-read October 1st, 2011 after finding it at the bookswap! And I almost didn't get it because I've read it, but then I had donated 30+ books and could thus take 30+ books home with me, so it wasn't like it was going to cost me anything to add another to the pile, you know? (I ended up with 17, I think.)

Anyway. OMG YOU GUYS I had forgotten how amazing and incredible this book was!! Or, had never really realised just HOW awesome it is, because I was only 11 or 12 the first time I read it, and tho
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Michael
Mar 13, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Angela Elizabeth
Life is very complicated for Marina. Shipped off to boarding school, in a world she doesn’t fit in with, trying to understand life. She sets out writing a journal for an assignment but she really takes to it and in the journal we find really what is going on within her head. She is socially awkward dealing with a tragic accident that has left her face scarred; and she hasn’t spoken a word since this incident.

I picked up this book on a couple of peoples recommendation; John Marsden really is a st
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Zia
May 04, 2014 Zia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book.
Rosianna
Jan 07, 2008 Rosianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"
Shelves: favourite-books
Beautifully written - I'm always admirable of males who write in the shoes of a female and you would never know as the accuracy is remarkable. The concept, the execution, I just loved it all, and was in tears by the end.
P.Sannie
Jul 14, 2010 P.Sannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to P.Sannie by: Linda
I don't like fiction that's written in diary-form unless it's done well. So Much to Tell You is definitely in that category of well-written. It is the story of loneliness and the difficulties of being a teenager. Sure, it takes place in an all girls' boarding skill in Australia, but the themes are universal. Anyone who's been a lonely teenager will relate (and let's be honest, who HASN'T been a lonely teenager?). I love how the narrator, Marina, is so observant of the other girls in her class an ...more
April
Okay, so the stupid blurb for one of the editions of this book basically gives away everything about it.

(Not that that is a problem for me, but if you don't want to know most of the secrets that are revealed throughout So Much To Tell You, don't read the blurbs for other editions of this book.)

Anyway. I bought this book years ago -- I think when I was 15 or 16 or so and just starting to go through tough shit myself. I don't know why, but I never read it. I know I tried to at one point, and I'm p
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Angela
Oct 06, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a poignant novel about a girl who chooses not to speak. Her inner dialogue spills onto journal pages filled with hesitation, wit, raw emotion and brutal honesty.

From family disfunction, physical and emotional trauma, hospitalisation and a new start at boarding school, this book encapsulates how we all feel through turbulent times, regardless of age, sex or economic status.

I first read "So Much to Tell You" for high school English. It spoke to me on such a profound level that I continued
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Cassidy
Jan 22, 2015 Cassidy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
This is truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I have personal experience with a great deal of the topics described, and to be frank I cannot imagine how John Marsden could have screwed it up more. Some of it was downright offensive, in my humble opinion. Furthermore, the actual plot is virtually nonexistent and thus very dull and difficult to understand. I reached the end and was completely blown away that the book had ended. I was catatonic for about an hour. There was no closure to sp ...more
Anna
Sep 19, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya, ya
A young girl with trauma in her recent history starts afresh at a new boarding school. Unable to speak to her teachers, doctors or peers, she begins to confide in her journal...

Another week, another John Marsden novel to attach to my person until every page has been devoured. And this is the best one yet. Am I right in thinking this was his debut? If so, my god... In the last year, with all the edgy YA I've been sifting through, I've become used to my heart being broken and my emotions being rip
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Tyler
Sep 26, 2007 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults and early teenagers
So Much to Tell You
By John Marsden


“So Much to Tell You”, by John Marsden is a true story about a girl, by the name of Marina, whose face is horribly disfigured when her father mistakenly throws acid on her face during an argument with her mother. Marina is sent to a girls’ boarding school after the accident because her mother is frustrated that Marina stops speaking and she feels that the school will help her to speak again. This book is written in a diary form and tells of Marina’s life in the
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Taylor
May 29, 2011 Taylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
don't like this book Depressing
Jess
Dec 17, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me hope when I was a depressed, messed up kid. It...it draws you in.
Arwen
Mar 16, 2015 Arwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written!! highly recommend, but really annoying/unsatifying ending
Grilly
I stood in the book room at school and glanced over the covers of the dusty books. So Much to Tell You seemed like the best out of a pretty disappointing pile of books. With a heavy sigh, I took the book knowing that my students were going to hate reading a book that was not only old (anything before the 2000s is considered old by them), but written in the form of a diary by a traumatised girl. I liked the concept of the book but the hideous cover and the first few pages filled me with dread. I ...more
Mirkojeck jeck
Sep 29, 2007 Mirkojeck jeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s about a girl called Marina who’s had a bad injury in her face caused by her father who accidentally spilled over her face which was supposed to go on her mother because she was having an affair with another man. So she’s going through a very hard time but at the end everything turns out okay.

Marina’s very shy at first and needs to get used to things, and doesn’t like to get into crowded places because of Her face, it’s heavily scarred because, the acid that was spilled over her face. But sh
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Max
Sep 26, 2007 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
The book ‘So Much To Tell You’ starts off with a teenage girl that has been injured by her father and no longer speaks. Her mother and stepfather decide to put her in an all girl boarding school hoping that she will one day speak again. On her first day of school her English teacher gives the class a journal thinking it will help them express themselves. Now the main character whose name is Marina writes in the journal every day but still does not speak. This book is based on a true story and is ...more
Hanne
Oct 02, 2007 Hanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
“So Much to Tell You” is a Teenage Drama by John Marsden about Marina who lives in Australia with her parents. Her mom and dad don’t get along to well. Her dad attempts to throw a bucket of acid at her mom’s face, but Marina jumps in between trying to save her mom but instead half her face gets destroyed. After this her dad goes to jail, and Marina goes to the hospital. But after that she isn’t who she was before, she won’t speak. Her mom sends her to a boarding school so that she can get better ...more
Laura
Oct 03, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl called Marina whom can't talk because of an accident with her parents.
Her parents had a fight; her father is in jail, and her mother is taking care of her. Marina's father was going to throw a bottle of acid to his wife however, Marina jumped inbetween and the acid went onto her and her face was deformed and from then on she couldn't talk.Marina stayed at the hospital for awhile and then she went to a boarding school called Warrington. At the very first few days of sch
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Lisa
Jun 23, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria
Apr 17, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cynthia
Oct 30, 2007 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Much to Tell You by John Marsden is about a girl called Marina. Her father spilled acid on her face and now she won't talk so she starts keeping a diary.
Her mom sends her to a bording school because she can't stand the silence or Marina's face and Marina's father goes to jail. Marina throws her chance of makeing friends and starts failing school, but afters a while she and Cathy (girl from her dorm) become frineds and Marina gains back some of her self esteem and writes her father a letter
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Katrina
Oct 05, 2014 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Wasn't too sure of it when I picked it at the library, but I found the character really intriguing. It was an easy read, and I am amazed at John Marsden getting into the head of a 14 yr old girl so well.
Maria Elmvang
I didn't recognize the blurb about the book, but hadn't gotten very far into it before I discovered that I'd actually read this one ages go, and had just forgotten pretty much everything about it! Never mind, it was still as satisfying a read as I had expected, even though I have the same issue with it now, as when I first read it 20'ish years ago -- it's much too short! But if I recall correctly, that's my problem with many of John Marsden's books - I want to know what happens next, after the f ...more
Sasha
I did not expect to like this book from the first 50 or so pages. It reminded me of Speak (which I'm in the vast minority for hating) - a trauma that happens to a teenage girl from someone they trusted (or at least did not expect violence from) renders them mute, removed from society, and raging on the inside. I don't know why I couldn't identify with the girl in Speak at all and found everything she said to be irritating.. I was actually upset with myself because I tend to go all-in emotionally ...more
Daylight
Jun 02, 2014 Daylight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing to reread through my old YA books and I still love this one for the most part. I was a sucker for the diary format when I was younger and I still enjoy it. I love how the back story is slowly revealed and I love the main character's insight into the other characters and herself. The characters in this book are very real and some of the stuff the main character goes through resonates very strongly with me in an almost painful way.

What I don't like is the ending. It's very abrupt and u
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Veronica
This was such a cute little book. The writing wasn't the best, but the story was told by a 14-15 year old girl, who had lost her voice and found it slowly by writing her thoughts in a journal. So, in a way, it was better written this way because you really get the sense that you are reading 'her' journal. I feel as if the character was well developed and as you read on you really began to like and understand this quiet girl.
As I read this book, i could clearly picture the world around her as sh
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TheCosyDragon
Feb 01, 2015 TheCosyDragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Marina has been scarred for life, in her interior and on her exterior. She doesn't talk, at all, any more. She shrinks into walls, and has spent a long time in hospital.

There's some really nice insights into the way teenagers feel in this novel. Marina wonders at one point why adults seem so confident. And she asks whether they have lessons after
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Lydia
Oct 05, 2015 Lydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We read a lot of John Marsden in year eight and year nine in my high school. I think I read so much of it, that I didn't end up liking his writing.

There's something really condescending about his writing, and I don't quite know what it is, but this guy just really annoyed me when I read his writing. Like, the main character is supposed to be writing in her diary, and it just felt like she was writing it for someone else.

And I was reading it and thinking, is this what John Marsden thinks of teen
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See also: John Marsden.

His first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. This was followed by Take My Word For It, a half-sequel written from the point of view of another character. His landmark Tomorrow series is recognized as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times i
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“I feel like I'm dropping such a long way down again." "I seem to be dropping into a cold dark wet place, where no one's been before and noone can every follow. There's no future there; just a past that sometimes fools you into thinking it's the future. It's the most alone place you can ever be and, when you go there, you not only cease to exist in real life, you also cease to exist in their consciousness and in their memories.” 25 likes
“Pale as ice you passed me by;
I wondered what you really felt,
And waited through the changing times,
To see if you would one day melt.

I thought that ice would melt with warmth,
But there were thing I did not know:
The sun can touch the outer layers
But does not reach the deepest snow.

Winter sometimes seems like years,
Summer's sometimes far away,
But winter always turns to summer,
As surely as does night to day.”
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