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Like I do most nights. Sometimes it's nightmares, sometimes it's good dreams, sometimes I have to change the sheets. To Miffy. And breaks your heart. They love you when you win, but they love Dreamed about you again.
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Sort order. Dec 01, toni rated it really liked it Shelves: girt-by-sea. Dear John Marsden, I already knew you were the almighty king of Aussie YA after reading the Tomorrow series, but now I'm going to throw in a crown, a sceptre and a huge, lavish coronation ceremony to make it all official. Love, Me. As much as I love the premise and the characters and the voice of the Tomorrow books, John Marsden has proven to me once and for all that his books don't need a background of terror and war, or the incredible, indomitable Ellie Linton, to be gut-wrenchingly good.
This was Dear John Marsden, I already knew you were the almighty king of Aussie YA after reading the Tomorrow series, but now I'm going to throw in a crown, a sceptre and a huge, lavish coronation ceremony to make it all official. This was a simple, short read, a collection of letters written by the teenaged Tony to his lady love, Miffy, but it shouldn't be mistaken for just a love story. It's that in places, to be sure, but it's also vulgar -- which I can attest that Aussie teenage boys really are, more often than not -- jarring, dark, depressing and well-told.
I thought I knew precisely what the big reveal was going to be and I could not have been more dead wrong. The real reveal -- uncovered in a slow-burn of bits and pieces, peeled back slowly like a Band-Aid -- was far more surprising and far more unsettling than what I'd had in mind. The thing that really threw me headlong into the character of Tony and what happened to him, though, was the fact that I have known scores of teenage boys just like him: school-wagging delinquent no-hopers who never bothered with being smart.
I never thought much of them, and when I did I did so with some contempt, I have to admit. Tony's story has made me regret that, and wonder whether anything half as terrible has happened to any of them. I see what you did there, Mr Marsden. View 1 comment. Dec 07, Rusalka rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , aussie. I remember picking up this book by accident at 12 years old. It opened my mind to things that fiction never was to me before. Of course I didn't understand half of it at 12, but I read it again and again from 12 until It was a book that made me feel like a grown up, feel liberated.
It's the book that made me continue reading, as I remembered it as something that opened a door to something I never thought a book could talk about. To me books were magical and ethereal. This book made me realise I remember picking up this book by accident at 12 years old. This book made me realise that books could relate to you and your experiences. While I did not have the obvious problems of the teenager in this book, it did make me realise that my non-romantic way of experiencing the world was not because my experience was broken, but the kids fiction was.
Adult life can not be romantic and beautiful. This book helped me deal with that. While it sounds horrible as a review, to me personally, from my heart, I could not give it a better one. This is a very quick, intense and disturbing read A very sad cover quote: "Your life's a solo run, and even the crowd That's cheering you want you to fall over.
They love you when you win, but they love it even better when you lose.
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Because it is such a short book, to say more would give away too much so I will leave it to the reader to discover more about how and why this young man has been brought to his knees so early in his young life. I am a big fan of John Marsden and his uncanny sense for capturing the workings of the young minds he so often writes about, this is no exception. However I didn't rate it as highly because I found it a bit too scattered and lacking in substance. Sep 29, Katherine rated it it was ok.
Dec 09, Colleen Stone rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult-fiction. I wasn't going to review this book because it has been such a long time since I read it. I was teaching kids of the same age as Tony, whose letters to his girlfriend, Miffy, are the meat of this book. And I knew broken boys like Tony. And I knew girls like Miffy. Their relationship was a train wreck that they couldn't see coming. So some words that well up i I wasn't going to review this book because it has been such a long time since I read it.
So some words that well up in me will have to do for a review: unique, honest, gritty, powerful, profound, gut-wrenching, confronting, hyper- real, in-your-face. I hesitated before recommending this book to my students, but did so in the end by adding the proviso that they come and debrief with me afterwards. I think some of the more troubled ones among them came to realise that a good author, like John Marsden knows the world they inhabit and won't pull any punches in describing it. I think it also helped them to know that as their teacher, i recognised that a parallel universe to school exists.
In that world, a whole different set of rules apply. Apr 23, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , reads. John Marsden has this wonderful talent for capturing the essence of the most disturbing, troubled, wonderful characters. This book is no exception. Depressing, absorbing, fantastic. Definitely worth the 10 years it took for me to finally get my hands on a copy. Jul 28, Kezia rated it it was amazing. Wonderful; dark and depressing but incredibly good. Oct 25, Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves: , ya , s , oceania.
Tony's voice was a lot like Holden Caufield's, with his casual tone as he drops sudden dark information. This tone made the story very authentic and interesting. I love the fact that Tony is writing Miffy letters. I like how he describes events and talks to her about things.
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