Friday Never Leaving [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...
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Friday Never Leaving

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Friday Brown has grown up on the road in Australia with her mother, moving from town to town, surviving on grit and circumstance. When her mother dies from cancer, Friday is left to drift on her own, consumed by grief and lingering questions about her family and her identity. Why did her mother leave home when she was so young? Who is her father and can she find him? The 17-year-old meets a cluster of young squatters, all of whom suffer from their own traumatic pasts and pool their money to survive. Mesmerized by Arden, the enigmatic leader, Friday joins the group and forms a strong connection with Silence, who can barely speak. Sound overblown? That's only the beginning, as the group's alliances are tested by hazing rituals, romantic entanglements, and a relocation to a dangerous ghost town. Oh, and a murder. This novel is well written, but the conflicts often feel inflated. Nonetheless, it is a solid choice for readers who enjoy stories with an emotional punch.—Denise Ryan, Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT
Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
*"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."
Booklist Starred Review
*"In her American debut novel, Australian Wakefield reveals herself to be a master of madness and suspense, rivaling such authors as Adele Griffin and Neal Shusterman....Wakefield’s writing is gorgeous. She renders the Australian setting, from the slanted platforms at the train station to the red dust of the outback, with visceral detail, and her characters are disturbing, yet sketched with deep compassion for their lonely, wounded hearts."
Starred Review
"In her American debut novel, Australian Wakefield reveals herself to be a master of madness and suspense, rivaling such authors as Adele Griffin and Neal Shusterman....Wakefield’s writing is gorgeous. She renders the Australian setting, from the slanted platforms at the train station to the red dust of the outback, with visceral detail, and her characters are disturbing, yet sketched with deep compassion for their lonely, wounded hearts.
Bulletin
"Lyrical prose traces her [Friday's] path from lonesome grief to empowering connectedness, and it’s clear that coming to terms with the story of her past will ultimately free her to write the story of her future."
From the Publisher
"The themes and subject matter may be dark…but this is far from being a novel without hope."

"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."

"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."

"Mesmerizing, embroidered with terrifying webs of intrigue and haunted by ghosts."

TeenReads
"Friday Brown may have left many places throughout her lifetime, but Wakefield's fantastic story is never leaving me. This book is for fans of Libba Bray and Martine Leavitt."
The Horn Book
"Friday's battle with grief and inheritance is tense and evocative from first page to last."—The Horn Book
Australian Book Review
"The themes and subject matter may be dark…but this is far from being a novel without hope."
Bookseller+Publisher Magazine
"Full of elegiac beauty and intelligent insights…this is a stunning contribution to young-adult fiction."
Dominion Post Weekend
"Wakefield’s characters are one of the strengths of this young adult novel. They are diverse, compelling, multi-dimensional, loveable, despicable….believable.
Listener
"Deeply satisfying and surprisingly upbeat.
Herald Sun
"This is a pull-no-punches story about learning the truth and growing up, full of the preciousness of friendship and love.
Magpies Magazine
"Mesmerizing, embroidered with terrifying webs of intrigue and haunted by ghosts.
Dominion Post Weekend (Australia)
"Wakefield’s characters are one of the strengths of this young adult novel. They are diverse, compelling, multi-dimensional, loveable, despicable….believable."
Listener (Australia)
"Deeply satisfying and surprisingly upbeat."
Herald Sun (Australia)
"This is a pull-no-punches story about learning the truth and growing up, full of the preciousness of friendship and love."
Magpies Magazine (Australia)
"Mesmerizing, embroidered with terrifying webs of intrigue and haunted by ghosts."
VOYA - Dawn Talbott
Friday Brown's life has been full of constant change. For as long as she can remember, she and her mother have been moving from place to place, avoiding settling down, avoiding the law, avoiding the past. But when Friday's mom passes away, she must figure out her own place in the world. She sets out to find her dad with only an old photograph as a starting point. When Friday meets a group of teenagers living together, creating their own homeless family, she gets drawn in. Arden, the leader, is both charismatic and dangerous. Friday begins to find that all families, even those born out of convenience, have secrets, and the secrets of this family threaten the sanity, safety, and very lives of the group. This story is entertaining enough to keep the reader's attention, but there is nothing spectacular. The setting is generic; the characters are solid, but the only really interesting one is Silence, the boy who initially draws Friday into the group. The other characters are relatively flat—typical, damaged, street kids, a couple of them forgettable enough that readers lose track of who is who. This book is a coming-of-age story in which the character that grows up does not seem to mature because in the end, she still seems lost. All in all, it is a decent selection but could be much stronger with a little more creativity and character growth. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
Kirkus Reviews
Australian author Wakefield spins a tense, multilayered tale about loyalty, memory and survival. Liliane Brown, more often called Friday, strikes out on her own 42 days after her mother Vivienne's death from cancer. Having spent most of her time traveling from place to place at a moment's notice and taking in her mother's larger-than-life stories, she has no use for staying at her well-heeled grandfather's too-still, too-big house. On a train platform, she meets a young street kid whose muted voice from a child-abuse–related injury has given him the name Silence. Silence takes Friday to the squat where he lives with a pack of street kids, each carefully imagined and drawn. Most compelling, perhaps, is charismatic Arden, the group's de facto leader. Arden's ruthlessness is revealed slowly and chillingly as the group travels and takes reckless steps according to her whims. As Friday's bond with Silence keeps her invested in the group, her conflicts with Arden lead to a dangerous rift among the street kids. 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. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442486553
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 642,715
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Vikki Wakefield is the author of the award-winning All I Ever Wanted and Friday Never Leaving, her US debut. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at VikkiWakefield.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Omg

    This book is awesome i have this book now it is so interesting and Very sad just to think about these 15-18 year old living in this old ragedy cellar But still calling each other Family <3( tear,tear)

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