My favourite book is Faerytale by Virginia Higgins. This story blends reality with fiction, and it is written in first person. I love the way that the book leaves you with a sense of hope for everything. The way you think about life changes when you read this story, based around a girl who is blundering through life, who finds out she is much more, when her lover comes to find her after 2000 years of separation. Still, it doesn’t take away from today’s issues. Having read the book knowing there is another to follow means I can’t wait to keep reading the story as it continues to develop. The book launch in Coffs Harbour a month ago was amazing with so much visual input apparently, although I missed it. I also love the fact that there will be an album of music that supports these stories, the first one, Where Are You? – written by the author, which I found on YouTube – takes me back to the raw emotion at the beginning of the book. This is a new Australian author with amazing vision and creativity. When a book can make you cry, make you laugh and make you gasp, you simply know it’s good. This book does that all the way through, and gets you to a point where you cannot put it down, but also, I was sad when I realised I was on the last 5 pages, because I didn’t ever want it to end. Take a look at it for yourself. England has Harry Potter, America has Twilight, and Australia has Faerytale. I’m so proud that I come from Coffs Harbour, the home of Faerytale and would love to meet the author and tell her that.
The Australian Literature Review