This is a review of the novel “So Much to Tell You” by John Marsden. It is a book written for teenagers/young adults. I first read this novel at school, a teenager myself, but that was a long while ago, and I wanted to read it again.
It is written from the perspective of young girl sent to boarding school. But she is not your average girl. She is non-verbal, and has not spoken one word in over a year. She continues on at school in silence, but writes in a journal every night as part of her English homework.
It is obvious that she has sustained injuries from familial violence, but Marsden never baldly states this, and the reader is left to glean this from what’s written in the journal entries. This book follows her journey and progress and chronicles her relationship with the girls in her dormitory.
This book is deep, touching, intriguing and compelling. I really liked it as a teen, and even more now as an adult.