Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings.
And in her longing for what is los ...more
Nothing happens to him for being a dang pervert. *head-desk*
I never did figure out how old Tom is supposed to be. (ETA: A lovely p ...more
T'WAS SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN *eats words*
Nothing much changes.
You love someone, they die. You miss them. You grow older.
I cannot remember the last time I've read something like The Minnow. Honestly, I'm not even sure if I've ever read anything like The Minnow. Utterly beautiful and magical, The Minnow sucked me in completely, and I'm sure Tom's story won't be leaving my head any time soon.
Tom is a girl. Her real name is Holly but everyone calls her Tom. The r ...more
THINGS I LOVED
The writing is gosh darn beautiful. I seriously can't explain how beautiful the writing is. It's dreamy. And soft. And very artistic. This can also be a downside, if you like writ ...more
I have just finished reading The Minnow, and I still have no idea what I just read. The Minnow was absolutely beautiful, in the way it presented the story that could have potentially torn us to pieces. But it was so unusual in the way that it was told, it kind of detracted from that grief, trauma and sadness.
Tom is a 15 year old girl who is pregnant, from the result of sexual abuse from an older man. She has lost her parents ...more
So Tom moves into her best friend Jonah’s house – Jonah’s parents also died in the floods, and he’s happy to take care of Tom if it means getting her away f ...more
The Minnow is one of the most unique novels that I have had the pleasure of reading. I’m so glad that Text sent this book to me, because there is a chance I may have never discovered The Minnow by myself. There is no question in my mind why The Minnow won the Text Prize.
To me, The Minnow felt like Tom’s memoir. The tense was all over the place, and the descriptions were all but non-existent, however this added ...more
I've seen many claims that the narration is incredibly powerful. And while the narrative voice was indeed very poignant, with the innocent tone highlighting Tom's youth, at times I felt almost as if the narrative voice was too young. It didn't really seem like a year ten student speaking, but someone much younger. And while I could appreciate the author's attempt at a "moving and powerful coming of age story ...more
Source: Received for review (thanks, Text!)
I think I'm crying right now.
The Minnow is such a beautiful, sad story full of love, loss, and life. It was a painful read, but Tom's prose is so beautiful and elegant and amazing that I kept reading and reading. It's about fear and sadness and happiness and everything in between. Jonah's story of acceptance, Tom's tale of moving on, and the Minnow's of coming into existence.
Tom lost her parents and younger sister, Sara ...more
The Minnow is a story of grief, loss and one young girl learning to heal. Tom, who's nickname is all she's known by, is an incredible character. Although her short life so far has been ravaged by incredible sadness, she lives with a fairytale type, whimsical outlook. She talks to the spirit of those around her who have passed, she speaks with fish in the pet shop and inlet, and of course The Minnow, which is what she's decided to call her unborn c ...more
The Minnow is written in the first person, in the voice of Tom. Tom is a girl called Holly who, at the age of 14, lost her family when a flood deluged her town. Many of the townsfolk died and there was immense damage. It was still quite creepy to learn that Tom shacked up with Bill, a shady character about town, and no adults intervened.
It is therefore no surprise to learn that Tom's grief is compounded when she finds out she is pregnant following what seems like a sin ...more
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Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for review consideration. This in no way affects my review; all opinions are my own. Thank you, Text Publishing!
I guess you could call The Minnow "whimsical", but it's stranger than "whimsical". It's a unique book about Tom, a fourteen-year-old girl who is pregnant with what she calls "The Minnow". A flood devas
As a girl whose nose has been permanently in a book since she could actually read on her own, I like to think that I’ve read it all. It’s a ridiculous thought because there are millions upon millions of books in the world, and I’ve maybe read 2,000 or more in my eighteen years on Earth. I let myself have such this delusion because I have read a lot of books in my life so far, and sometimes they all seem to be the same for better or worse. The Minnow, for what it’s worth ...more
Like all before me, I love this cover SO SO much. In the paperback version (you can’t really see just from the image) some of the images on the front are silver and shiny. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to read it. The others were that 1) it won the Text Prize in 2013, 2) it sounded amazing and 3) Text’s books have never disappointed me.
And I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed.
Ways to describe ...more
I received The Minnow from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
So, The Minnow, I liked it a lot. I did. The descriptive and poetic writing really pulled through to me, but it was also really confusing at some points.
Gah, you see this, The Minnow is complicated to rate because I liked the characters a lot, and the writing, but it was just so ha ...more
What an extraordinary book!
Tom comes ...more
There haven't been many books that I have finished and had that period of silent reflection where I have thought woah. I flipping wish I had written this. There has to be that tenderness, that intensity, the pull you feel towards the characters that you can't help but get unconditionally drawn to. The Minnow was without question one of those books, for me. In my previous blog post, my interview with the author Diana Sweeney, I explored the idea of the coastal community, and h ...more
The Minnow totally met the bar for my expectations. Many of my fellow Aussie book bloggers has read this book and pretty much all of them raved about it. Being the very inquisitive bookworm I am, I just had to know what it was about.
But back to the unique side of the book: I have never come across a book about a girl who can talk to animals, ghosts AND an unborn baby. Or about a pregnant (then fourteen) fifteen year old girl bef ...more
This is not the type of book that can be put in one category. This novel intertwines several themes to create something that is beautiful, unique, and heartbreaking.
Tom is a fourteen year old girl who has lost her entire family in a flood. She becomes pregnant with an older man, Bill's, baby. The way the author writes about the circumstance leaves the reader wondering if the conception was consensual or not. Either ...more
Also, I am not a fisherman nor a fishermen's girlfriend/wife and didn't know that a Minnow was a fishing term of endearment--no. Sorry. ...more
But so much better book precisely because of its unusual structure, its surreal nature, and its complicated characters.
Small town Australian has never been depicted quite like this. And yet, it is grounded and familiar and affectionate.
Loved it to bits.
It was odd, and heartrending, and beautiful. Sweeney does a fantastic job of translating the effects of grief onto the page. I often found myself reading faster, desperate to figure out what was going on. But still my heart sunk as I neared the end, I really wasn't ready to have finished the novel and wish there were another 300 pages.