Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Ballad for a Mad Girl

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 voi...

Title:Ballad for a Mad Girl
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ISBN:1925355292
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:309 pages

Ballad for a Mad Girl Reviews

  • Amanda
    Dec 12, 2016

    is Vikki Wakefield's fourth YA novel. Set in the small, rural town of Swanston (nicknamed Swamp Town), we meet seventeen-year-old Grace Foley. Grace grew up on the family farm but after the death of her mother, her father moved Grace and her older brother to a house in town. Since then they just coexist. Grace feels suffocated by her father's rules, and breaks free by entertaining her friends with pranks and stunts, many involving the local gorge.

    Grace's personality is so

    is Vikki Wakefield's fourth YA novel. Set in the small, rural town of Swanston (nicknamed Swamp Town), we meet seventeen-year-old Grace Foley. Grace grew up on the family farm but after the death of her mother, her father moved Grace and her older brother to a house in town. Since then they just coexist. Grace feels suffocated by her father's rules, and breaks free by entertaining her friends with pranks and stunts, many involving the local gorge.

    Grace's personality is so clear, right from the first page. She's mad, she's hurt, she's fed up with the life her father is trying to make them live. She doesn't want to live in a small house, she wants her life to go back to the way it was. Back when her mother was alive. To take her mind off things, Grace spends as much time with her friends as possible, but even then, things are changing. Her best friend Kenzie is dating Mitch and Grace won't accept being third wheel. She feels rejected, left out, left behind.

    There is a horror element to this story, but it's just the right amount for someone like me who doesn't really do horror (unless it's reading a Stephen King novel during daylight hours.) The opening scene gave a subtle nod to King's novel, Carrie, and from then Vikki Wakefield wove the atmosphere in a way only she can do. There was a growing sense of unease and suspicion. There was a touch of unreliability, mystery, and an ominous history. All of this building to a climax I could not predict. The story was so intriguing I found it easy to immerse myself in Grace's life, to go along on her journey for the truth.

    Vikki Wakefield excels at writing about loneliness and small towns, two things that are a major component of this new book. She also tackles grief in a sensitive way, showing how much Grace hurts and the lengths she'll go to to avoid her feelings.

    Beautifully written, chilling and atmospheric,

    is a story with heart, horror, and hope.

    Thank you to Text Publishing for my copy.

  • Tilly Booth
    May 18, 2017

    ALRIGHT LISTEN UP BOOK NERDS. This book is fucking fantastic and if you want to read something that is YA, Australia, a little spooky and wholly emotional then for the love of all bookish gods, PICK THIS BOOK UP. You will not regret it, trust me.

    Vikki Wakefield is an auto-buy author for me. She's fantastic. Her writing style is one of the greatest I've had the pleasure of reading and her characters are relatable and real. I can honestly and proudly say that Ballad for a Mad Girl is my new favou

    ALRIGHT LISTEN UP BOOK NERDS. This book is fucking fantastic and if you want to read something that is YA, Australia, a little spooky and wholly emotional then for the love of all bookish gods, PICK THIS BOOK UP. You will not regret it, trust me.

    Vikki Wakefield is an auto-buy author for me. She's fantastic. Her writing style is one of the greatest I've had the pleasure of reading and her characters are relatable and real. I can honestly and proudly say that Ballad for a Mad Girl is my new favourite book of hers. I had no idea what to expect going into this book and considering I've been suffering a reading slump, this book as a godsend.

    Haven't convinced you just yet? WELL JUST YOU WAIT PAL.

    This book centres around, Grace Foley who is suffering from losing her mother. It follows her as she tries to continue on with life, her friendships and her relationships with her dad and brother. Already, shits going to be emotional. It's a journey of healing and you're inside this girls head as she tries to figure things out. Things aren't going to be easy for her though when some supernatural shit starts to go down. I kind of got a Stranger Things vibe from this book and I recommend if you're looking for something that has a spine-chilling feel then READ IT. Grace becomes haunted by an old mystery in her town. A girl who's body was never found and a boy's suicide a year later. She not only has to face the haunting of the mystery but her own ghosts as well.

    "My heart is a room with an unwelcome visitor. . ."

    HOLY CRAP. DID I MENTION. NO ROMANCE. I really, really have so much more to say about this book but i feel like this would become SPOILER CENTRAL and that's not my aim. My aim here is to convince you guys to read this book and then join me in the dark room, slowly going crazy about how good this book is. I'll be rambling about the characters, including all of the amazing, well thought out side characters and mumbling about the fantastic style that is Vikki Wakefield.

    READ IT. READ IT. READIT.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jun 14, 2017

    And I had noooo idea what this was when I attempted to gnaw on the cover -- turns out it's a paranormal murder mystery. Ghost possession, hallucinations, teenagers with greasy hair. The whole kaboodle.

    And I harbour this secret sneaky feeling that solving a murder mystery by ghost possession is chea

    And I had noooo idea what this was when I attempted to gnaw on the cover -- turns out it's a paranormal murder mystery. Ghost possession, hallucinations, teenagers with greasy hair. The whole kaboodle.

    And I harbour this secret sneaky feeling that solving a murder mystery by ghost possession is cheating, dude. I mean. Sherlock would not be proud.

    • Set in 'STRAYA, MATE. And I always appreciate the Aussie vibe because: mine.

    • It was only 300 pages so a nice light read for the evening if you don't mind people bleeding out theri eyes. (HAHA JUST KIDDING...but that kind of thing.)

    • It contains pizza.

    • I was really really interested to know what the heckin' hop was going on. A mystery is a solid win when it has you turning pages.

    • It was creepily bizarre with Grace kind of "dying" while trying to figure out why she's hallucinating about this dead girl, Hannah Holt. Her body is all falling apart with these mysterious bruises and she has manic episodes and just woah. I WANTED ANSWERS.

    • Nooooo romance!! I was super pleased! Grace was messed up enough with all these hallucinations without adding in smooching, thanks.

    • Grace, unfortunately, is kind of a selfish brat. She's been through a lot (lost her mother/childhood home) but like the second circumstances give you liability to be rude/mean to people = the second you lose my respect.

    • The book keeps

    me Grace is hilarious and a jolly joker. Did I laugh? My mouth did not even twitch. There wasn't any funny moments on page??

    • I am just personally really opposed to "pranks". They scare me, ok. And the stuff people do for "a laugh" has always been terrifying in my opinion, even when I was a smol teen. I also can't ever help but think of how pranks affect people with anxiety or other disorders. So this is just a personal thing but...I never am onboard with prank storylines.

    • The writing just felt unemotional. I didn't connect to anyone and I think it could've used more explosive writing to tell such a potentially creepy story?? Like at one point Grace falls down an open hole in a graveyard...but she's like "and now I am down a hole". It didn't even say what her emotion was...

    • The book got to eat pizza and I did not. #rude

    However it didn't pack an emotional punch, I didn't really care about the protagonist, and I didn't think the murder-mystery reveal was altogether unique. But c'mon. There's only so many options you have when writing about dead people. Either their dead or only mostly dead, and then WESTLEY WILL SAVE YOU.

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