Ballad For A Mad Girl

Vikki Wakefield

Text Publishing

May 2017

$19.99 AU

312p pb

ISBN: 978-1925355291

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Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night she experiences something she can’t explain.

The funny girl isn’t laughing anymore. She’s haunted by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.

As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price. 

Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

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Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield is a story of a girl who, still grieving after her mother's death, is faced with a whole set of new problems after a night out with her friends goes wrong. This book explores how it feels to be truly going mad, something that people generally don’t experience. This perspective, I thought, was super unique and interesting. The plot and character development the author had written into this book was intriguing and the author really knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their chair. The Australian setting and the fairly recent publishing of this book meant that I could feel myself being able to relate to the characters and the plot more, definitely a plus! This novel includes themes of death, suicide, murder, abuse/rape, depression and anxiety so an age recommendation to people ages 14+. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it is definitely not something I would generally pick up; I believe that most people who read it will find it engaging.

Chelsea, age 15

Ballad for a Mad Girl is a novel by Australian author Vikki Wakefield. It is an incredible book. I devoured it and as soon as I finished it, I started it again because I already missed Wakefield’s believably flawed and memorable characters. The book is filled with twists and turns when you least expect it and the characters are so real you can basically feel them with you while you read.

The novel is about a teenage girl, Grace, who through a series of unexpected and mysterious events starts to uncover the truth about the twenty-year mystery of the disappearance of teen Hannah Holt. Haunted by visions and voices, Grace starts to lose herself. I won’t say any more about the plot in fear of ruining it. I would recommend this to people ages 12 and up. Honestly please read this... it’s so beautifully creepy and brilliant.

Jessica, age 15


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