Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Publisher: Mulholland Books
There are times, when writing a review, that you are left feeling like words are just never going to be enough. I consistently feel that way with everything Melina Marchetta writes. I want to convince everyone to read her work so badly. I want to review her books with the same eloquence she writes with, and I just don’t believe I can do it.
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil starts off the way most Melina Marchetta books start off. With confusion. In that way it reminded me of Jellicoe Road, because I was lost and I wasn’t sure that I even liked it. However, because of how much I ended up loving Jellicoe Road I knew I had to keep reading. I had to trust that it was all leading somewhere special. I really never doubted it, actually. And I was rewarded for my belief, because I cried myself to sleep at 1am finishing this book.
Melina took such a horrid subject matter, the racial and religious divide that exists all over, and she turned it into a story of hope. Please don’t get me wrong, the story was not rosy. It didn’t have a perfect ending. They did not live happily ever after. Still, I could believe that with time and work that these characters would get their chance with happiness. Those two strong emotions swirling together is what led to all those tears. There was so much pain, but the idea that there may be a light at the end of the story filled me with so much hope.
Just, if you’ve never read Melina Marchetta, please pick one up. If you like Contemporary YA, you’ve got quite a lot of choices. If you prefer Fantasy, read Lumatere Chronicles. If you don’t like YA at all, read Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. There is literally something for everyone, so please please read her work.
Thank you to Mulholland Books, via NetGalley, for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: = A+
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