Publisher: Text Publishing Australia
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it’s time to move out—Tom is pregnant with Bill’s baby.
Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings.
And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.
The Minnow is a moving and powerful coming of age story with a whimsical element that belies the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. Tom is a character you will never forget.
I cannot remember the last time I’ve read something like The Minnow. Honestly, I’m not even sure if I’ve ever read anything like The Minnow. Utterly beautiful and magical, The Minnow sucked me in completely, and I’m sure Tom’s story won’t be leaving my head any time soon.
Tom is a girl. Her real name is Holly but everyone calls her Tom. The reason? You’ll just have to find out yourself. Tom, for me, was a fantastic choice of a protagonist. Though odd and strange, she was a very determined girl who I became to love quite early on in the novel. She’s only 14-15 years of age and that’s just about the age I am so with that addition, I could really feel for her. My only qualm with Tom was how she was always, constantly crying. I can see why she does cry, but I don’t like how I became hyper-conscious of it because she was crying so frequently.
Nothing much changes.
You love someone, they die. You miss them. You grow older.
Where this book’s strongest aspect lays is in the narration. It is poignant, and I ate up every word. The author’s use of short sentences was well done and it gave such a fantastic effect. Like Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer said, the writing is just so calming. You literally just fall into the words, because they’re so damn perfect and glorious in every way. Don’t even let me get started on how gorgeous the imagery is. *sighs* I definitely want to be reading more of this author’s works because of the writing. For a change, I think I might love the dialogue more than the prose in this case.
So while I was reading this book, this happened:
Let me warn you now, as fantastic smelling this book is, don’t smell it until you’ve finished reading or else you’ll be at mercy to spoilers. I got spoiled and I seriously regret it because that ENDING. I cry a million times. ;____;
Another thing that I fell in love with? How weird Tom’s conversations were. She talks to fish. Waiiit but that’s not all! She talks to her dead relatives like her Papa and her sister Sarah. Aaaaaand…. She talks to The Minnow. Tom, a 14-15 year old girl talks to The Minnow. The Minnow is inside of her, The Minnow is in her stomach. Yep, you didn’t read that wrong, Tom, a 14-15 year old girl is pregnant.
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
Okay that came out wrong. It’s not a good thing she’s pregnant of course, but I loved how unique that made this book. It made me curious and I wanted to give Tom a big big hug. The Minnow is one of my favourite characters in this novel, Tom and her conversations with the unborn baby are so interesting and left a smile on my face. It was truly something beautiful and compelling, their relationship.
The only thing I had a problem with was the fact that I got confused a number of times. The tense changed without hesitation and I was thrown off balance and confused on what was really happening now and what wasn’t. It took me some time to adjust each time. But apart from that, I don’t have any other quibbles.
Ineffably beautiful and spellbinding, The Minnow was a richly crafted tale that was filled with diversity and gorgeous writing. I will eat this book for dinner if I could.
~Thank you Text Publishing Australia for sending me this copy!~
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