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Book Review: Yellow by Megan Jacobson #AWW2019

book review yellow by megan jacobson

Fourteen-year-old Kirra lives on the wrong side of the hill in a little coastal town not too far from Byron Bay. Her father, who nicknamed her Yellow due to her unusual eyes, has left her and her mother for another woman down the road. Her mother who has always had some trouble with alcohol is now a full-blown alcoholic who passes out most days. And of course, there’s school and the girls who are supposedly her friends but who do nothing other than evaluate and judge her for things like her clothes and her walking style. After a brutal day at school, Kirra finds herself alone at South Beach when an abandoned telephone box begins to ring. Not seeing anyone else around, and believing it to be a prank, she answers the phone. On the other end is the voice of a teenage boy who introduces himself as Boogie and tells her he was murdered 20 years ago and is now caught in limbo. However, the murderer was never brought to justice and Boogie would like Kirra’s help with that. In return, he agrees to help get her parents back together and make her popular at school.

Yellow is Jacobson’s debut novel and it’s one worth reading. She captures Kirra’s struggles with family and friendships perfectly. Teenage girls can be cruel and a lot of what Kirra goes through is stuff I see in my work with adolescents. A mature and parentified young girl who believes fitting in and being popular means she belongs is the story of most teenage girls’ lives. And yet, there is nothing worse when you have to change who you are to be accepted. The supernatural and murder mystery element adds suspense to this novel and keeps you turning the page. Jacobson deals with the harsh realities of life – mental health, substance abuse, the tall poppy syndrome so common to us here, bullying, poverty – in a sensitive and affirming manner. Kirra is a wonderfully well-rounded character who is by no means perfect. This is a beautiful book about survival, courage, compassion, friendship, family and belonging. It’s about what’s important to us and what matters. And finally, it’s about the courage of being true to yourself.

Jacobson’s writing is beautiful and there are lines that you want to read more than once and savour. As someone who is an aspiring YA author, I learnt a lot from reading her book. As a reader, I fell in love with the characters and the world. All in all, it’s a book I’d highly recommend.

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Where to find the book:

Book Depository | Booktopia | Kindle

Where to find the author:

Website | Instagram | Twitter |

***Read and reviewed for the 2019 Aussie Author Challenge, the Australian Women Writers Challenge, the Write Tribe Reading challenge and the bonus round for Erin’s Book Challenge 10.0***

Until next time,


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  • Amy
    18 May 2019 at 12:21 pm

    I absolutely adore this book! I am so glad you loved it.

  • Shalzmojo
    19 May 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I just loved the cover – its so artistically done. Then there is the title and the reason behind it. This seems to be an interesting book to read and your 5 star reading has made me pop it on my Goodreads to read list.
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