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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  173 reviews
If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Penguin Teen Australia
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Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, aussie-ya
This. Was. Amazing. Yellow was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and it certainly lived up to my expectations (oh and the cover is even better in person, it's stunning!). Kirra is a 14 year old girl who going through a pretty rough time; her "friends" bully her, her dad left her mum for another woman, her mother is an alcoholic and on top of all that, a teenage ghost calls her on a broken down phone box and wants her help to put his murderer to justice.

This book covers a lot of heavy them
C.G. Drews
Oh this book was a bundle of glorious sunshine. (Because sunshine is yellow...GET IT??!) Ahem. Actually it wasn't, exactly. It definitely had a dark/gritty side and smacks you in the face with what it's like to live with drunk-parents-who-don't-care while going to a horribly bullying school. Which is actually a pretty cliche premise right? But somehow Yellow tells this story in an excruciatingly real and honest way and just...SHRIEK. It's good. Obviously. I mean, I shriek a lot, but I try to shr ...more
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“Draw Blood, Kirra. Draw blood with your words. Blood’s the only way to stop the bastards. — But learn to punch too. Just in case.”

The writing in Yellow just made me ached.

“There’s a sort of kindness that makes you want to cry more than any cruel words slung at you. Both kindness and cruelty will acknowledge you have a problem, but cruelty, at least, lets you don your armour and fight back when you’re faced with it. Kindness can be harder. It will look inside of you and hold up your trouble

Actual Rating 4.25

The Setting: A small Australian town near Mount Warning, mid to late nineties.

The Plot: Kirra’s life is going downhill fast. She’s just had a talking to by her friends at school; they don’t like the way she walks, among other things, and they’re trying to show her just how undesirable she is, how much she needs them. Her dad moved out three months ago and is living with his four-month-pregnant girlfriend. Her mum is attempting to drown the pain and is drinking herse
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Such a unique and beautifully written book! It took me a while to get into it and I didn't feel completely invested until the end, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless.
Bec (booktineus)
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017
This review first appeared on Readers in Wonderland

Short, fast, and easy
Being as busy as I am with Uni, short books are my thing atm (at least, in an attempt to keep up with reviews on the blog). I’m so tired by the time I’m done with the day that I don’t want to think too much. YELLOW was the perfect book; easy to read and follow, and very well paced.

14 year old Bec related to Kirra a Lot
The very first thing I noted about YELLOW was how much Kirra reminded me of, w
“Do not define me by my gender or my socio-economic status, Noah Willis. Do not tell me who I am and do not tell me who society thinks I am and then put me in that box and expect me to stay there”

Wow. This book right here blew me away.

What a stunningly powerful and exquisitely crafted novel. 'Yellow' is an impressive and masterful debut, the sort of quietly compelling and beautifully written story that sneaks up on you page by page and takes your breath away. It is, on the surface, a young adul
Sam Barnes
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much Penguin Random House Australia for sending me this book! All thoughts expressed are entirely my own.


What can I say. This book was a wonderful, different coming-of-age story. First off, one thing I loved was that it was set in Australia - not enough books, let alone Young Adult books, are set in my wonderful home country. I loved all the Australia references; they were so fun to see & it made me, an Australian, feel like part of a select group of people who only understood
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-ya, 2016
There is so much to love about this little book. If you like strong female friendships, complicated families and cute surfer boys who want to hear your thoughts on Lord of the Flies, this one's for you.
Tilly Booth
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This beautiful debut novel by Megan Jacobsen blew me away. I didn't know what to expect when I received this book from Penguin Random House (in exchange for a review) but I've wanted to read ever since the cover reveal (isn't it beautiful!?). I was captivated from the first page and I read Yellow in one siting.

Kirra has a troublesome life with her alcoholic mum and her dad who's left them for another woman she has no safety at home and when she has a fight with her school friends (who are such
My rating keeps wavering between 3.75 and 4 stars, and I just can't quite work out what it should be. So I'm going with a solid 4 stars for now, but I may reassess down the track.

This is a quirky little book with a truly stunning cover. In some ways, this was very relatable for me - it's Australian and set in the late 90s and dealing with the nightmare that is year 9. I can personally vouch for the fact that year 9 in 1997 was a truly horrific experience full of bitchiness and tears and debacle
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the kind of book you need to read when you are a teenager and feel like one, I mean , when you are not happy about the way you look, you think you don't fit anywhere , you find out that some of your friends are your frenemies and your family is far from perfect.

You will feel inspired by the strong will of the main character and at the same time you'll be intrigued by the plot.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
i like books where at the end of book, the mc comes out stronger and better person.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review appears on Happy Indulgence! Check it out for more reviews.

Books about teenagers getting bullied and having a difficult life are usually depressing, melodramatic and really bring you down. Yellow differs in showcasing the beautiful moments in life, even though you may be from a low income family.

This makes me think how misunderstood these teenagers are. Even though Kirra lives in a Housing Commission, comes from a low income family, has an alcoholic mother and suffers from bullying,
Ryan Buckby
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i've stayed up to just about almost 1am finishing this book, i really really loved it and i'm finally happy to get another story set in Australia as you don't see many stories set in this amazing country.

I first heard about this book at the Penguin Teen live PTA chat in Adelaide late last year and this book was going to be apart of the new loveOZYA group of debut authors. The way it was explained had me hooked even before i got a copy of the book but unfortunately i didn't get my hands on an AR
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
FOURTEEN year old Kirra is struggling with her friends in school. They keep trying to change who she is and are just rude in general. Kirra's mother is an alcoholic and their life at home is falling apart. At the end of another horrible day, Kirra sits on the beach and wallows in sadness. The phone booth near her starts ringing and when she answers it, the ghost inside tells her that he will help her fix her life if she can solve his murder.

This story was honestly so addictive and I really enjo
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book. Oh my. Not something I would normally read but thank goodness for book clubs ey? After seriously considering quitting this book I'm glad I didn't. It exceeded all my expectations and I'm glad I persevered because I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it. Gritty. Dark. Heartwarming. I'm being rather vague yes, but that means you should go read it so you know what I'm talking about. A very unique book indeed.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yellow is a difficult book and like a flawed person, sometimes, it was hard to love and understand. This book follows fourteen-year-old Kirra from a small town in Australia living on the poor side of town with an alcoholic mother and struggling with her father's absence due to his new and pregnant girlfriend. Kirra is also part of a group of friends who aren't really her friends and are actually awful bullies that she's too scared to stand up to and tell off in their negative ways. There were ma ...more

Yellow , Megan Jacobsen's debut novel, is set in a small town near Byron Bay. Kirra is fourteen and lives with her mum, now an alcoholic since Kirra's father left for another woman. Kirra's also having trouble at school with her former friends.

The opening scenes involving Kirra, her parents, the playground antics all felt so real and very Australia-in-the-90s to me, but then Kirra kills a dog and finds a haunted telephone box and the book completely lost me. Instead, I wish this had staye
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everything about this book is beautiful.
Dec 11, 2015 added it
If it wasn’t for going to the Penguin Teen Australia Live event at Dymocks in Adelaide I would have never laid eyes on this great book and I would have never received it (thanks Penguin Teen). All I can say is wow! I am so glad I have been given the chance to read this prior to its release date next year.
For starters, the cover is stunning, although the cover I have is in black and white it is so beautiful and artistic. It’s so intricate and delicate and it also corresponds with the story in a
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
This was an incredibly sad, but beautifully written book. I'm sort of mad that there aren't more pages to read, but it's perfect as it is. I don't know why I don't read more books set in Australia because they give me all of the nostalgic feelings and they connect to me in a way that other stories just can't.

Kirra is a despondent teenager that is trying to deal with an absent father, an alcoholic mother, disgusting friends and a creepy as hell ghost. Kirra's character development is amazing
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Ok it's a bit fair but still
But such an awesome book! BEST fourteen year old character ever. Ever. Take that Paige Toon you immature brat. That is the best younger character ever. You go girl.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful. Full review to follow.
Eliza Christine
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
41 shits were given in this book.

No, really, 41. By shits, I mean the protagonist thinking “Shit” to herself over something that happens in the book. I can’t say that it added much to the story. Unfortunately, that’s more shits than I gave this book, though I wanted to care more about it.

Seeing this in the bookshop, I was enthralled by the beautiful cover and was then intrigued by the book’s premise. I was so excited to read a story that explored some dark themes, such as bullying and substance
I picked up this book because I was heading to Penguin Teen Australia's #YASquad 2016 event in Sydney and Megan Jacobson was one of the four Aussie authors speaking. I can't thank Penguin enough for bringing this book to my attention, or Jacobson for writing such a gut wrenching book.

Not going to lie, I went into this book with no expectations and the 90s world Jacobson writes about smacked me in the face with all the subtle etiquette of a freight train. In fact I started reading it while waitin
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yellow is a weird story, the story of a girl who's to young to be dealing with everything she has laid in front of her, bitchy friends who bully and pick at her, a mother suffering an alcohol addiction and break up, a boy on the phone who dies 20 years ago, a supposed murderer she's been tasked to bring to justice, a new friends, a new crush, basically a lot for any grown adult let alone a girl of 14.

The writing is beautiful, the story is melancholy and hopeful, Kirra is such a strong teen and
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yellow is such a terrific example of how compelling Young Adult contemporary fiction can be.

Megan Jacobson paints a portrait of a teenage girl struggling with the separation of her parents, her mother's alcoholism, and the bullying of her 'friends'. Everything is compounded by poverty, & it was good to see representation of characters who don't come from middle class or higher that didn't trivialize or romanticize her situation.

There's a ghost, a murder mystery, and a bit of falling in love, but
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sad but thought provoking read about our main character, Kirra who is trying to deal with her broken home - her father is no where to be found and her mother is an alcoholic - and if that wasn't enough - her school life isn't that much better with plastic so called friends who put her down but say it's for her own good... then there's a ghost.. It was interesting and insightful to see how Kirra develops to overcome these demons in her life, I believe this to be worth a read!!!
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Megan Jacobson grew up in Darwin and the far north coast of NSW but now lives in Sydney where she works in TV news production at the ABC. She has a degree in journalism and has worked as an in-house script story-liner and script editor for several Australian television dramas. Her short stories have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, aired on ABC radio, and appeared in the UTS Writers An ...more

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“I'm still shy," I admit, pulling the sleeves over my hands, "and I might always be, I don't know, but I think you can be shy and still feel okay about yourself at the same time.” 28 likes
“Do not define me by my gender or my socio-economic status, Noah Willis. Do not tell me who I am and do not tell me who society thinks I am and then put me in that box and expect me to stay there. Because, I swear to God, I will climb the hell out of that box and I will take that box you've just put me in and I will use that box to smash your face in until you're nothing more than a freckly, bloodied pulp. You got that, sweet cheeks?” 25 likes
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