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So Much To Tell You by John Marsden
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Feb 28, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: australian, young-adult, library-books
Read from December 25 to 28, 2011

‘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 She is very withdrawn and self-conscious, not joining in the sports, and not wanting others to see her reactions. I think what was also significant was the way in which not having a voice affected her; The frustration of her not being able to express herself when needed or show she cares and not having a voice to do this. Although Marina could talk, she doesn’t, and is herself confused as to why. The other students were quite supportive of Marina, but initially she doesn’t know how to react to them. She does eventually become not quite as withdrawn and accepts the offers of friendship by one of the students and a teacher.

This was a book I had to read in year 9 English class. A lot of books from earlier in school I don’t remember much about them, but ‘So Much To Tell You’ is very interesting and I still had memories of it which prompted me to re-read it.

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