Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Release Date: February 1st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, loveozya, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
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 a pact. She'll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn't haunt her. Things aren't so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.
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, well, me back when I started high school, and it really helped me connect to her. My family life wasn’t as bad as hers, but in terms of her school life and personality it was scarily similar. I could relate to her feeling alone, left out, her shyness, and her smarts.
Oh, 14 year olds
YELLOW’s characters are mostly 14 year olds, and I think they’re pretty accurately portrayed. Some of there solutions to things are ridiculous. Their relationships are so flippant, and some of the shit they say and do is so petty. It was the type of stuff that made me hate early high school (all those cliques/ friend groups and crap). The side characters could have been more developed, but I really wouldn’t have wanted to spend more time reading about them anyway.
A twist that surprised me
Do you know how nice it is to be surprised by a murder mystery? It hasn’t happened in so long. Maybe if more time had been spent investigating the murder (it was more of a side plot to the family and friend issues) I might have picked up on it. But for now I’m just happy a twist managed to surprise me so.
A sweet book overall with an important message
It feels weird describing YELLOW as a sweet book, it has a lot of dark themes, but it was a nice book to read. Kirra deals with a lot of things both at school with bullies and ridiculous friend drama, and at home with her alcoholic mother. It made her shy, and meek but I loved watching her grow, becoming more self confident and learning that the opinion of others means jack (especially if they’re arseholes). Honestly it was the type of book I needed when I started high school.
YELLOW was a sweet surprise of a book. The murder mystery is more of a side plot, with greater focus on family and self belief. Well written and easy to read, YELLOW is a book I wish had been around when I started high school because I could have learnt a lot from Kirra.