I don't know what I'm doing here. Well, I do really … I have been sent here to learn to talk again. Sent here because my mother can't stand my silent presence at home. Sent here because of my face…'
She watches; she dreams. She sees more than they realise. She has worries and fears, hopes and desires. She is troubled; she is angry. Above all, she is lonely. She may be someone you know. She may be you.
In John Marsden's acclaimed debut novel, she tells her story, with humour and insight, with sensitivity and strength, with painful honesty. You will never forget her.
When it was originally published, SO MUCH TO TELL YOU won a Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award, a Victorian Premier's Award and a Christopher Medal (USA), as well as being selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults.
Awesome book, especially if you are a quiet person
This was required reading in my English class in year 9. 23 years on I still remember it as hugely influential and touching. I saw myself in the girl, as I was also extremely socially awkward and quiet and no one wanted to be my friend. It helped to feel a connection with the character during that painful time. It also introduced me to journal writing, a habit which persisted for me and has helped me come to many realisations over the years.
I read this teenager book as an adult and just loved it. I have recommended it to readers, young and old, many times.
A great read that I couldn't put down.