I have found a new author that I’m really excited about and her name is Melina Marchetta. She’s an Australian author who writes predominately teen fiction and her stories are contemporary and set in Australia. The teens in her books have to deal with social issues like illegitimacy, alcoholism, the burden of parental expectations & disappointments and last but not least, self-identity issues. The list could go on forever but none of those issues are new and more than a handful of writers are writing the same thing so what makes her stories so different? Well, I’ll tell ya.
I think Melina Marchetta is a compelling writer who writes about the teen experience really, really well. Whenever I read one of her books, I can’t stop reading. That VOICE. It is captivating to me. I just want to gush and gush about her books. I emailed a friend of mine to squee about her and then told all the readers in my family that they must buy and read Melina Marchetta (yes, they all have ebook readers). Told the two friends I work with and oh yes, everybody on Twitter. Of course her voice isn’t going to suit everybody. Some might find her too dark *cough* but I love dark.
If interested in reading her, I would start with her first published novel, Looking for Alibrandi and work my way up. Some of her titles are in digital format. Look them up at the etailer you use regularly and please note that Fictionwise does not have them.
I don’t expect many of you to run out and buy her books. There’s the library. Check them out. Give them a try. I rarely if ever spotlight or talk about an author I like a lot unless I really, really like them and I really, really like Melina Marchetta. But don’t take my word for how well she is received. Dear Author along with several others sites have reviewed her books and she’s been well received. If you like compelling stories featuring teens having to find their path in life and it’s told in a humorous way, with the added touch of a dark and serious tone, I would point straight at Melina Marchetta and say READ HER.
Author backlist: She has a nice list of books to get you started except one of them is only available in Austrailia right now with a US release date of 2011. That was too long for me so I bought the book from Austrailia. Anyway, here is her backlist titles: Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road, Finnikin of the Rock and The Piper’s Son (Australia only).
Who are some of your favorite YA authors? I’ll looking to expand my list.