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

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,432 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Scarred, literally, by her past, Marina has withdrawn into silence. Then, at her new boarding school, she is set the task of writing a diary by her English teacher, and finds a way of expressing her thoughts and feelings and of exploring the traumatic events that have caused her distress. Through Marina's diary we gain an insight into life on her dormitory, and her difficu ...more
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Belle
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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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
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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Rosianna
Jan 07, 2008 Rosianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Zia
A beautiful book.
Angela
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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Anna
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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Laura
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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P.Sannie
Jul 14, 2010 P.Sannie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Taylor
don't like this book Depressing
Emma
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
Tyler
Sep 26, 2007 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Mirkojeck jeck
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Lisa
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Cynthia
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
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.
Paperprincess
Zum Inhalt:

Marina ist 14, als ihr Gesicht bei einem Streit ihrer Eltern schwer verletzt wird. Ihr Vater kommt ins Gefängnis, Marina in psychische Behandlung. Seit dem Vorfall hat sie sich komplett abgekapselt und kein Wort mehr gesprochen.

Als sie aus dem Krankenhaus entlassen wird, kommt sie auf ein Internat. Ihre Mutter, die mittlerweile einen neuen Mann an ihrer Seite hat, hofft, dass Marina unter anderen Mädchen wieder zu sprechen beginnt. Doch die fühlt sich abgeschoben und allein. Seit Mar
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Daylight
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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Jasmin
Raw, honest and heartfelt.

I loved Marina dearly and wanted desperately to protect her from the cruel world. I believe we all have a little bit of her in us, I definitely saw her in me and that is probably what gave me such a visceral reaction to her.

John Marsden does a beautiful job of constructing a broken 14 year old girl without making the whole thing totally unbearable or unbelievable.

It's not a super depressing book, it's tentatively hopeful. The main character, Marina never talks about se
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Maree Maragoudakis
So far its good but its kinda sad. The girl cant talk but i think she might start to talk soon cause she's getting more used to her new school.
Clare Cannon
I think we read this as a class in year 6... I don't remember enjoying it very much, maybe I was too young.
Sarah Aye
I read this book in year 8 for my English class and it’s still etched in my mind, I remember reading and wanting to know the ending so badly but never wanting it to end, I remember the twist at the end of the book and thinking ‘I want to read more books like this!’ Thus how I became a book addict and have read over 200 books in less than a year.

“So Much to Tell You”, by John Marsden is a true story of a young girl called marina, who is literally scarred by her past and in result refuses to speak
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Emma
Jan 03, 2009 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Females/Males, Teens
"So much to tell you" is a beautifully written novel, exploring the realms of silence within a girl. She speaks to no one, but after set the task of writing a diary at school she starts expressing her thoughts and emotions through it. As a reader you are pulled into the tragic, sad story and as the book develops later exploring the "traumatic events that have caused her distress." The book is addicting from the first page on, and with its descriptive language and deep entries, the book plunges y ...more
Jesse Dixon
‘So Much To Tell You’ is about a girl trying to understand her feelings after a trauma in her life. She is attending a boarding school as a 14 year old, and has started writing a diary as their English teacher encouraged them to write in them. Marina has had her face disfigured as part of an acid attack and is struggling with her feelings towards her father and mother. She has stopped talking altogether, and expresses herself through the diary. She is very withdrawn and self-conscious, not joini ...more
Td
Jun 22, 2011 Td rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Td by: www.johnmarsden.com.au
Marina is shipped off to a boarding school as a last ditch attempt to get her to talk. The problem is where does she begin? 'So Much To Tell You' is one of those gripping stories that comes along once in a blue moon. Marina was hurt by someone close and since she has not spoken a word. After a stint in a mental hospital the doctors thought it would be a good idea to get her into a school environment. Over the course of the book, as she starts to trust those around her, her past is revealed. The ...more
Jessica
Sad Stich

Told over six months in the format of a journal kept for English class, a young 14 year old girl struggles to keep her head above water. Acid burns on her face show her as deformed and her silence tells you she's a freak but she's more than that and under her fear and sadness there is a person who is desperate to be free.

Placed into a boarding school by a selfish mother who simply can't stand seeing her daughters deformed face or stand her unwavering silence Marina tries her best to keep from
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I really only picked up this one because I've had John Marsden's Tomorrow series on my shelf since forever unread. I thought by reading one of Marsden's other non-series books that it would make me excited to read his Tomorrow books sooner than expected.

For me though, So Much To Tell You felt like very heavy reading. It isn't particularly long, but it felt dense. The story is told by Marina through diary entries at a boarding school in Australia. She's gone through some unknown trauma involving
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Brit McCarthy
I first read Marina's story when I was in year 7 and it has never left me. I have never forgotten her, as promised on the blurb. My second read, years later, was just as moving as the first.

Due to a horrific accident that changed her life, Marina does not speak. Exasperated, her mother ships her between therapists and hospitals and finally to boarding school, where Marina shares a dorm with eight other girls. She is deeply guarded and self conscious and spends her days cowering and scurrying aro
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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.” 22 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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