Ballad for a Mad Girl
Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She's a prankster and a risk-taker, and she's not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night she experiences something she can't explain.
The funny girl isn't laughing anymore. She's haunted by vo...more
Vikki Wakefield is an auto-buy author for me. She's fantastic. Her writing style is one of the greatest I've had the pleasure of reading and her characters are relatable and real. I can honestly and proudly say that Ballad for a Mad Girl is my new favou ...more
Grace Foley is a teenager hoarding a lot of rage and grief. She's never got over the death of her mother or her father subsequently leasing out their farm and moving Grace and her brother to town. She's known for the pranks she plays, particularly on the kids at the catho ...more
It’s been a while since I’ve read a truly creepy book, but Ballad for a Mad Girl definitely satisfied when it came to the horror moments – a girl covered in blood, creepy visions, hauntings and an unreliable narrator.
Grace is still trying to cope with the death of her mother, but in the process, she fixates herself on a murder mystery that happened to a teenage girl 20 years ago. From the start, ...more
Ballad for a Mad Girl is a loveozya novel about a girl called Grace. She's in her final year of high school and always up for playing pranks on students from another high school that sits next door to her own. After one challenge goes horribly wrong, Grace starts to experience something very creepy, a strange fixation towards an unsolved twenty year missing persons case of a young girl from the area called Hannah Holt. In a short matter ...more
Grace's personality is so ...more
This is Vikki Wakefield's fourth novel and we 'clicked' right away. Since I've admired and enjoyed her previous work, I knew I would love her newest addition.
It's gritty, it's raw and oh-so gripping. Even though I'm a big scaredy-cat, I adore the thrill just the same and the novel delivers on all accounts. But it's more than a mystery with elements of horror. The author excels at writing about the human condition and character study. Moreover, th ...more
My thoughts on this book can basically be summed up in one word: Que???
Like...the whole time I was reading this book, I just wasn't sure what the fuck I was reading. Was Grace dealing with mental health problems? Was she an unreliable narrator? Was there genuinely weird paranormal shit going on? I STILL DON'T KNOW.
I liked the writing. I liked Grace. I liked her friends and her family members and her stolen axolotls. ...more
Overall rating: 2.5 stars
Soo... I got creeped out. *cue creepy murder music*
(ALSO I'M SO PROUD OF MYSELF I'M FINALLY REVIEWING BOOKS I SHOULD HAVE REVIEWED WEEKS AGO.)
I didn't know anything about the book before I started reading it. I liked the cover, so I requested for it. (Oh my goodness I sound so shallow.) When I started reading it I was kind of confused.
I don't understand what Grace is doing, and she has TERRIBLE fr ...more
There are so many twists that turn then twist again although not to the point where you can't keep up. I enjoyed all the relationships; both teenage groups that love each other, fall out, make up and rinse and repeat. I liked the tone of the book. T ...more
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
'Wakefield’s bone-chilling supernatural thriller...blurs the line between perception and reality, often folding in shrewd discussions of mental illness along the way. With whirlwind pacing, dynamic characterizations, and out-of-this-world spook ap ...more
• Grace was unlikable, completely and utterly unlikeable. I had no sympathy for her. She was an awful friend. She was not funny, and it is constantly said that she was meant to be. I literally did not eve ...more
DNF @ 25%
I just can't do it to myself. I stayed for the mystery for as long as I could but cut out early because of the judgmental main character. It just reminded me too much of myself when I was a teenager (yes, teenage me was an asshole). The mystery just wasn't interesting enough to make me stay. I did want to like this book. I don't find many books written by Aussie authors that I enjoy. Unfortu ...more
This did not catch my interest. I became partly interested around 75% but not before.
I could not stand any if the characters. There were all so unlikeable. Don’t even get me started on the main character… But her family or friends weren’t any better.
The plot was soooo messy and the way it was written was incredibly frustrating. Often, we would have a sort of cliffhanger at the end of the chapter but there was no following at th ...more
5 THINGS ABOUT BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRL
PROMOTE ALL THE AUSSIE BOOKS!! Vikki Wakefield is an author I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and I’m so glad I can add her to my list of Aussie Authors read. I definitely need to check out more of her stuff after BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRl because it was so well written.
A large focus on family, friends, grief, and mental health
An important part of any contemporary and mystery is the characters. ...more
I enjoyed Grace's voice. She always felt real. But sad and dark subject matter mean it's a tough read (but that's expected from this author).
Let's get the cons out of the way first:
-I wish we could have seen (view spoiler)[more of Grace before "the incident" happens. We're told by the book blurb and various characters that Grace is supposed to be "mad", a daredevil, a maverick, and yet we don't see much of that except for her eagerness to go to the pipe challenge in the first chapter. Since we mostly follow her after the incident, when she's OOC, we haven't real ...more
Warning: Do not read this at night. It was so creepy.
Vikki Wakefield has a way of writing characters that get under your skin. Grace Foley certainly has something under her skin. She lost her mother two years ago in an accident. She is reckless and known for pulling crazy pranks and stunts. But during one of the crazy stunts she loses the plot, but this time no one is laughing, especially grace.
As things get weirder, Grace’s friends pull away and she is left on her own to work out if ...more
I read Vikki Wakefield's debut novel and really enjoyed it, and found myself connecting with the characters and story, it was lovely. This one? Not quite as much. In fact, I'm still so confused as to what actually happened that I fear my review will just be a completely incomprehensible mess.
'Ballad For A Mad Girl' involves grief, death, fear, prank wars and rivalry between schools in a small Aussie town, a dog that won't go upstairs, pizza, friendship amongst misfits, and the voices and v ...more
(I know it's cliche, but I would loved to have seen Grace and Gummer's relatio ...more