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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,646 ratings  ·  248 reviews
I am Friday Brown. I buried my mother. My grandfather buried a swimming pool. A boy who can’t speak has adopted me. A girl kissed me. I broke and entered. Now I’m fantasizing about a guy who’s a victim of crime and I am the criminal. I’m going nowhere and every minute I’m not moving, I’m being tail-gated by a curse that may or may not be real. They call me Friday. It has b ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by Text Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
”On the night of my eleventh birthday, Vivienne told me that I was cursed. It was her gift, she said. When she was gone the Brown women’s curse would pass to me and, if I ever knew which way death would come, I could run hard in the other direction.”

Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is a runner. Her whole life has revolved around escape: moving from town to town with her Mother, never staying too long in one place, abandoning the past and trying to outpace a cursed future. After befriending a
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
"They call me Friday. It has been foretold that on Saturday I will drown..."

Friday Brown's mother has frequently told tales of their female ancestors, who each acquired the Brown family curse that tragically all ended their life. Friday and her mother travel from to town in the outback desert as they attempt to elude the family curse, however fate leaves Friday alone after her mother's abrupt death.

"I am nothing. I feel like nothing. I want my life to matter. What if one day
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
I'm definitely in the minority here, standing out in a swarm of raving reviews. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the book, it's a GOOD book, but I didn't love it as much as I expected. It's also a weird review to write because I can see what's so great about the book, I understand why it could even be a Printz prize winner, but it was just not the right book at the right time for me.

This book has gotten a lot of love from the Australian release under the name "Friday Brown" as it's an immensely gr
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, Aussie readers

“She was so beautiful and always would be, but now I could see all her shades of crazy. How OFF she was. How nature made its most deadly creatures alluring precisely so they could lure their victims close.”

Not Friday. That’s something she learns later in the story. In the beginning, Friday Brown is cursed. Her mother, Vivienne, has told her the family stories of the women dying, always on a Saturday, because of water. Her name is supposed to protect and prepare her, as is her mother’s sp
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
What makes a person who they are? Is it some magical combination of experiences, memories and family? What happens when those things are stripped away, are proven false or leave you behind? Who are you then? And do you actually have any say in the matter?

Friday Brown has spent her entire life traveling from town to town with her mother Vivienne. Never in one spot long enough to know anyone. Never needing anyone else but her mother to know her. But then Vivienne dies. Left alone with a g
Friday Brown is such a gorgeous and heartbreaking reading experience. Vicki Wakefield writes in this sublime way ~ her stories have this almost fairytale, other-worldly quality while at the same time feeling so emotionally real and resonant that it aches like the truth. This story is vivid: sorrowful yet full of love, surreal yet devastatingly believable.

There's this gorgeous blend of adventure and tension. While friendships are being forged and the plot sails ahead into the unknown, there's an
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Though it hardly happens, I can describe this book in one word : Specious.

Whenever a contemporary book comes along, the querulous part of me abandons ship and I'm as irrationally bound to the emotional quotient of the book as the next person is, to the movie, Titanic ( Tell me that you didn't feel the voice of Celine Dion at the end of the movie give your heart a tight little squeeze. Tell me. ) So, I either like the book or I don't, demurral or appreciation and there is no gray region of confu
Melina Marchetta
Vikki Wakefield writes raw like few others and I suppose hers are the sort of stories and characters I'm attracted to. I think my blurb says it all regarding my feelings for Friday Brown

‘When I finish a Vikki Wakefield novel I get a tiny ache in my heart because I’m already missing the gutsy characters.’
Rating: 4.25/4.5 Stars

I always find it extraordinarily difficult to read books that receive a great amount of hype. For one, they not only raise my expectations, but when they come about for books whose authors I've never read before, I am placed in a situation where I expect to read a 5 Star novel and compare it to other 5 Star novels, which is simply not fair for the book itself and changes my experience in irrevocable ways. With Friday Brown, I went through a similar situation. Friday Brown u
This book is incredible. Writing this about two months after finishing Friday Brown, these are the only words I seem to be able to form. However, I am going to do my best to write some sort of review because I want the whole world to know that I love this book. In fact, it may even be one of my favourite books of all time. Yes. That was a big statement. Vikki Wakefield has eclipsed all my other favourite authors, the way George Harrison stole my heart with Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps ...more
4.5 stars

WOAH. I need a moment.


May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Melina Marchetta and Tiger Lily.
4.5, but I'm bumping it up because I read this book months ago and can't stop thinking about it. It spoke to me on a personal level, and that's why it deserves all the praise it can get.
So, I've read 40 books this year and this is my first 5-star read. Just shows how picky I am.

My life has been told to me through campfire tales - stories that spill over when the fire has burnt low and silence must be filled.

This is a realistic survival story that follows kids on the run, all from troubled homes
Paula Weston
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming novel. It made me cry. And when I finished, I just sat and hugged it for a while because I didn't want to let it go.

I loved All I Ever Wanted, and with Friday Brown, Vikki Wakefield has created another collection of complex, fascinating characters in settings that are both familiar and unsettling.

Friday is a devastatingly real narrator. Her fear, loneliness and courage are palpable on the page. She's written in a way that's so pain
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, aussie-nz

so much sadness.
tears and snot dripping.
what have you done to me?

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Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cover-love
Liliane ‘Friday’ Brown is a wanderer. She and her mother, Vivienne, spent Friday’s formidable years bouncing from one outback town to the next, chasing drover men and trying to escape a watery Saturday curse … Friday has been hearing the tales of her drowned women ancestors since she was a child. Brown women always die by drowning, and always on a Saturday. Saturday is the reason Vivienne nicknamed her daughter Friday, it’s why she kept them wandering around the desert outback, and in the end it ...more
Wendy F
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Vivienne used to say that sometimes the best you can do is to try not to be one of the bastards.

I can not stop crying! Isa, this book seriously affected me and I'm not sure if I should be blessing you or cursing you! I finished this hours ago and I still, every time I let myself stop and the thoughts creep in, I can not stop the crying.

Friday Brown is emotionally lost. Her mother is gone and her world has been turned upside down. Life leads her into the city and to a ragtag group of street
Jacinta Butterworth
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved Vikki Wakefield’s debut novel All I Ever Wanted (which I read in one night) and have been looking forward to her second book ever since. Friday Brown didn’t let me down.

Vikki Wakefield’s descriptions are incredibly evocative — you can tell she cares about every word. Her metaphors and similes are especially vivid — so much so that I was jealous reading them. (There are many ‘I wish I could write like that’ moments in this book!) I really appreciated Vikki Wakefield’s powerful portrayal o
Friday Brown, the book, is hard to read. This author doesn't muck around. There's no toffee apples or candy cane at this show.

And Friday Brown, the girl, is hard to pin down. She's drowning in grief and steeped in curses and looking for her place in the world. Looking in a lot of wrong places, I might add.

Both the city and the country landscapes are luminous and real. A sense of place, crucial to all the characters, ensures the narrative is grounded and real.

A book and a girl worthy of revisitin
Reynje went with Florence, Emily went with Katniss, I'm going with Amy.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, you guys, this book.

It didn’t affect me all that much until a moment in the novel when things changed irrevocably. I am not being melodramatic, okay, maybe slightly, but still. It was an intense moment of retrospection and the event that happened was tragic but more than the tragedy, it was the cruelty and the finality of it that affected.

I don’t know why Friday Brown leaves her grandfather’s house when she does. I don’t know what makes her throw away that bundle of money her grandfat
After a slump through Australian YA books that I borrowed from the school library and left abandoned,* I was pretty wary of Friday Brown. But after reading it, I was proved wrong. It's definitely one of the better Australian YA books I've read and has restored my faith in the genre.

*I'm talking specifically about Pieces of Sky and One True Thing . Pieces of Sky was way, way too similar to The Protected that it just bored me. One True Thing was too slow and felt more like the cliche '"
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked this, but I did not love this. I loved the language, the writing, the moments where the images and truths cut straight to the marrow. But the story for me didn't quite match the evocative writing -- which isn't to say there isn't an amazing story here. There is. It just didn't capture me as much as I had hoped for.

Friday Brown has always lived her life moving from place to place. Her and mother Vivienne didn't stay long anywhere. They ran from their pasts, from the family curse of
Rebecca Berto
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rebecca by: ARC
I was dragged along to Hanging Rock as a kid. Hands flailing, screaming to my parents they'd have to drag me all the way up the mountain. It's famous for the four school girls that went missing in 1900 on a school excursion, but I wasn't going to let that old tale break me.

Once you stand at the top of that rock, you get why people have kept coming back for 112 years. The mystery of the girls disappearing even through extensive searches for years -- it's just the lure. Once you're find your spot
Veronica ⭐️
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vikki Wakefield’s novel All I Ever Wanted was the winner of the 2012 Adelaide festival literary awards for YA fiction. So I knew with Friday Brown I was in for a real treat. I wasn’t disappointed.

The Brown women were cursed. Going back generations they all died at an early age, on a Saturday, and all involving water. Vivienne would tell Friday that when she died the curse would move to her. Knowing this Friday wondered why her mother was always drawn to water. Every time they came across a river
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
friday brown has:

half formed goals. unanswered questions. odd choices. odder people... of pseudofamilies. it’s the last that’s not limited to that of her choosing as there’s the one that she comes from, too. the story begins with her having lost something, as well as of her losing touch with who she is. that’s the case for all of them. they’ve lost themselves or more apt, are wanting to. but things shift as it becomes her finding in the unexpected not her answers but something she didn't think
Stuti Rai
Growing up is made up of a million small moments in time, and one of the most painful is the moment you’re severed from the whole, when you realise that your parent is complicated and fallible and human.

This is a book of unfinished chapters. Friday Brown's life is composed of unfinished chapters. Why do books have to be so heartbreaking?

The cover just about makes me lose my shit.

Definite recommendation, guys. Read this bloody book. Read it, for those last chapters and for the whole book and for
Claudia B.
Sep 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
*Reads the blurb*

Me too, Niall. Me, too

I just have to read this. Everyone seems to love it.

Oct 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
I picked this to read because it sounded very different to Enclave which I'd finished before, and because the cover had a quote from Melina Marchetta about how she loved Vikki Wakefield books so much.
However, I really didn't like it at all. Just not my style of book, but I can think of a couple of people who would really like it, so I'm going to recommend it to them.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is amazing. The characters are all unique in there own little way. You follow Friday as she runs from the death of some important to her, and you join her in an adventure when she tries to find her place in the streets of an unfamiliar city.
This is just amazing.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book broke my heart, ripped me open, tore me apart and left me in a huddled mess curled up on the ground. I loved it.
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