A standalone novel.
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: D+ (44%)
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
A masterful, moving story about a teenage boy caught between faith and love, by one of Australia’s finest YA writers.
‘Frankie believed in Heaven quite literally, as if it was another lovely world out past the stars. And when he spoke the word “love”, it seemed to spring free and fly into the air like a beautiful balloon you wanted to run after. But I couldn’t tell my parents about Frankie, not properly. I told them I’d made friends with the boy in the room next to mine, and how he’d come from this little town out west. I couldn’t tell them how he was becoming the best thing in my world. I couldn’t tell anyone, I hardly admitted it to myself.’
In the 1950s, ‘entering’ the seminary was for ever, and young boys were gathered into the priesthood before they were old enough to know what they would lose. Tom went to St Finbar’s because he was looking for something more than the ordinary happiness of his home and school.
But then he discovered that being able to love another person was the most important thing of all. For Tom, loving Frankie made him part of the world. Even when Frankie was gone…
A very unique and thought-provoking novel. I found my mind constantly wandering back to the plot and the characters. It was entrancing. This novel is a new concept for me, as I don’t really come from a religious background. It’s definitely not a book I would have picked up on my own, so I have to thank Book Club for pushing me toward this one.
I found the characterisation to be the best and finest feature of My Lovely Frankie. Each character was different and themselves. No one seemed like anyone else, everyone was individual and that’s what made this story so unforgettable. I wish I could say the same for the rest of this novel, but unfortunately I don’t have a high opinion of the rest. As I don’t want to focus on the negative of novels, I’m going to keep this part short. The book was slow-moving and the plot was predictable. There wasn’t any grand development and the end just made me feel sad. I wish I could have enjoyed this one more.
My opinions are entirely my own and I don’t wish to cause any offence by them. As always, I insist you read the novel at your own leisure and discover your own opinion. Please let me know if you have read this novel, I would love to discuss it! 🙂
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 5/10
Enjoyment Factor: 3/10