Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
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Let me tell you my story.
Not just the facts I know you want to hear.
If I’m going to tell you my story,
I’m telling it my way.
Strap yourself in...
Eliza Boans has everything.
A big house.
A great education.
A bright future.
So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?
Shirley Marr is officially another favourite author of mine. And, she also happens to be an Aussie author, who would’ve guessed?
I swapped my heart for a bargaining chip a long time ago. And here I am turning it over and over again in my hand, not sure what to trade it in for.
Fury goes down as one of those books that I find severely underhyped. I actually had not heard of Shirley Marr’s novels until she approached me about reviewing them, which I am incredibly ashamed of. I mean, WHERE HAVE THESE BOOKS BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I probably enjoyed Preloved a little more than Fury but I still was thoroughly entertained by Fury as well. This book gives us an endless supply of fabulous writing, wit, fantastic characters and drama and not a single page goes to waste.
Fury is told, alternating from the present tense to the past tense. The book opens up with Eliza Boans, who has just confessed to a murder. She’s had the perfect life, and this story unravels the story as to why Eliza and her friends did what they did. And this is the main plot line that goes on through this novel, but there are also other minor ones too to keep the story constantly interesting such as unveiling Eliza’s back bones and her inner fury.
Eliza Boans the exact heroine everyone hates. Bitchy, filthy rich and just plain rude; she’s got an attitude and she isn’t sorry about it–not one bit.
Despite that being said, if anything, it makes this book even better than it already is. It’s a rare when you have an unlikable narrator, but you like the book anyway. It just goes to prove how talented Ms. Marr is, and makes us fall in love with a book with total ass characters. That being said, Eliza did start to get under my skin by the end of the book, I loved her rage and fury as it was so fascinating to see unravel on the pages.
Eliza and her friends have such an interesting relationship. They look like the tightest close-knit friend’s you’ll ever meet, but they have their own rivalries and flaws too.
Admittedly, this book is a lot about the high school drama, but for me, Marr depicted it in the bestest (it’s a word, don’t tell me otherwise) way possible. Sure, there’s mean girls and a whole load of drama, but it was handled in such a non-annoying and realistic way, and I’m sure many people who have also read this book would agree.
In all, Fury is a novel I highly recommend. It is the epitome of Aussie YA literature, and is perfect for fans of Melina Marchetta.
~Thank you Shirley Marr for gifting me this copy!~
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