Friday Never Leaving
By Vikki Wakefield
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442486522, 336pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
List Price: $16.99*
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In this wrenching, exquisite coming-of-age novel, Friday discovers what makes a family—and a home.
Friday Brown has never had a home. She and her mother live on the road, running away from the past instead of putting down roots. So when her mom succumbs to cancer, the only thing Friday can do is keep moving. Her journey takes her to an abandoned house where a bunch of street kids are squatting, and an intimidating girl named Arden holds court.
Friday gets initiated into the group, but her relationship with Arden is precarious, which puts Friday—and anyone who befriends her—at risk. With the threat of a dangerous confrontation looming, Friday has to decide between returning to her isolated, transient life, or trying to help the people she’s come to care about—if she can still make it out alive.
"The themes and subject matter may be dark…but this is far from being a novel without hope."
-Australian Book Review
"Full of elegiac beauty and intelligent insights…this is a stunning contribution to young-adult fiction."
"Wakefield’s characters are one of the strengths of this young adult novel. They are diverse, compelling, multi-dimensional, loveable, despicable….believable."
-Dominion Post Weekend (Australia)
"Deeply satisfying and surprisingly upbeat."
"This is a pull-no-punches story about learning the truth and growing up, full of the preciousness of friendship and love."
-Herald Sun (Australia)
"Mesmerizing, embroidered with terrifying webs of intrigue and haunted by ghosts."
-Magpies Magazine (Australia)
*Australian author Wakefield spins a tense, multilayered tale about loyalty, memory and survival... Imagery—a dust-filled ghost town, harrowing dreams of drowning—is vivid and evocative, and Friday’s changing sense of herself and her relationship to her mother’s legacy give the story another layer of depth.
Lyrical, suspenseful and haunting.