Melina Marchetta continues to surprise me with her amazing prose and heartfelt messages. She reaches right into the core of an issue and creates a living, breathing character to explain it. The characters in this novel are unique and compelling. The plot takes the reader places that they would have never imagined.
Josephine is a girl on the edge. She doesn't know where she is going, or when. The life she knows is her mother, her stalwart Italian grandmother and her last year at a strict Catholic school. She has friends that understand her and seems a little spoiled by her life with her mother. Everything changes with a few men that walk into her life, her mother's life and those that walked into her grandmother's life so long ago.
This is primarily a novel about identity. Josie doesn't quite know her own life story and is trying increasingly hard to figure it out. Out of all Melina Marchetta's books, I had the hardest time connecting with this one. It was like a puzzle that I was trying so desperately hard to solve, while I could never get any traction on the true meaning of the story until the very end. I loved Josie's character, but Jacob never made me swoon. Jonah Griggs and Finnikin have made me swoon in my day :)
It's a book that all fans of YA should read. It's Marchetta's first book and has lead her on the path to greatness.