Author: Megan Jacobsan
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: 1st February 2016
Yellow is a YA murder mystery with a slight supernatural edge, but at heart it’s about the redemptive power of kindness. Publishing in February 2016, it’s a beautifully written coming-of-age story about family, first love, finding your place and uncovering the secrets of the past.
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.
Yellow was such a sweet little book but it was also so much more. It’s a story about friendship and growing up and the darker aspects of life all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of rural Australia.
Our protagonist Kirra is the lowest of the mean girls and she has an ongoing struggle with bullying and trying to find herself throughout the novel. Her mother is also an alcoholic so she has to deal with that at the tender age of fourteen.
Kirra’s character development was done stunningly well in the novel. How she becomes comfortable in her skin and finds that self-confidence. I also liked that for once, the main character was this shy girl, Kirra isn’t your typical broody outcast but she’s this quiet teenager who’s got a lot to say.
Other teenage aspects such as friendship and first love are also explored. More specifically toxic friendships and the impact it can have on you.
The novel is written in this very raw and honest voice. The author paints a very authentic picture of the messed up life Kirra is living. As for the murder mystery element, I don’t want to delve into spoilers however, I think it can interpreted as facing your inner demons and just the darker side of things really.
What I like about this novel is that every character has a story to tell, they all have a past and they all have a plan of where they’re headed, they all get to shine in the limelight of this novel. In all honesty, Yellow didn’t leave me with an impression however, it was a simple, sweet book that I think I’m almost going to cherish.