Let me tell you my story.
Not just the facts I know you want to hear. If I’m going to tell you my story, I’m telling it my way.
Strap yourself in... Eliza Boans has everything. A big house. A great education. A bright future. So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?
Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Black Dog Books
"My name is Eliza Boans and I am a murderer."
Stuck in a police station, still wearing her disheveled, blood stained school uniform is the seventeen year old teenage fury, Eliza Boans. Sitting across from her is Dr. Brian Fadden. He is an anthropologist / case worker, and it is his duty to drag the truth out of the reluctant Ms. Boans. She is designer labels, spoiled and difficult. She comes equipped with a razor sharp tongue that slews out sarcasm and flippancy. Yet, despite her unwillingness to reveal her role in the murder, Dr. Fadden senses there is more to Eliza than meets the eye. Behind the facade is a girl, who is the neglected victim of an acrimonious divorce. Her father abandoned her after the split and left in his stead a stack of cash to fill his shoes. Her mother is a self absorbed, high priced lawyer bent on securing an illustrious reputation. She has little to no time for her daughter, so Eliza fends for herself. The abusive neglect of her parents has created an angry, young lady full of angst, hate and rebellion. Eliza is thrust into a world of wealth and uppity pretenses and the end result is rage. She fights to control what little she can in her life, flailing against the system and those who have failed her. Especially, when a horrific crime inflicted on her best friend goes unpunished letting all hell break loose. The question is why is Eliza so furious?
What I Liked:
- The tone of this book reminded me of one of my all time favorite books, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Eliza is like Holden Caufield, in that she hates her surroundings and all the fake people. This book is in your face and no holds bar. obviously with a name like Fury, it is to be expected. I loved the biting, snarky commentary, although I know it isn't for everyone.
- I enjoyed the mystery of the book. From the first pages you are heaved into a murder mystery. Even though Eliza admits in the first line that she is a killer, you spend the entire book pondering her motives. Furthermore, you also need to determine who was murdered and who were the accomplices. You are kept in the dark until the very end. I flipped the pages furiously to get the answers!
- This novel is told in a stream of conscious format. I personally am a huge fan of this type of story telling. I know that few authors dare to use this format because it can be tricky to pull off successfully. Ms. Marr does an excellent job of plunging us into the mind of her modern day fury. As a reader you are assaulted with a deluge of Ms. Boans thoughts. Be prepared because they come at you fast and crazy with no thought to time or sequence so pay attention.
- I love that this novel is a stark departure from all the other YA novels on the market. There is no sweet romance or awful love triangle. Want a neat, happy ending? Forget about it! How about a nice, dress up party that culminates with a tender kiss. Nope! Instead you are treated to a huge multi person fracas with slapping, punching and stabbing remarks! Is there redemption at the end? Well, in a way but it is open ended so it is up to the reader!
- As a U.S. reader I enjoyed getting a peek into the Aussie lifestyle. A got a flavor for customs and sayings from Down Under.
And The Not So Much:
- I mentioned that this is a stream of conscious book, which I loved. What I didn't like was that this book in a sense was like having a huge puzzle dumped in front of me. Each piece is a plug in the story but it can fall anywhere into the timeline. The result is that the book jumps all over the place and often times I was a bit confused and disorientated. Heads up when you read this one.
- I guess as the reader I was hoping for some type of resolution or redemption for Eliza but the story is left open to interpretation and the final reveal unfolds rapidly. It is up to me to determine Eliza's final destiny or will there be a sequel?
- I despair that this book is not readily accessible to United States readers. I do not know all the details as to why this book has not escaped the confines of Australia but I am hoping that someone will get on the stick and get this in the hands of hungry U.S. fans. A big thanks to Shirley Marr for providing a copy of this book for tour and to Wendy Darling @backinthemmidnightgarden.blogspot. Thanks ladies for letting me and many others read this story.
Fury is a dark, humorous commentary on what happens when a rich kid lacks the one thing she desires, love. Prepare yourself for a shocking and brutal look into the mind of a furious girl. A big commendation to Ms. Marr for writing this revealing novel. I admire Shirley's rebellious spirit. She is a lady who refuses to color in the lines and gets kicked out of book stores. I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for her second novel, which she is hard at work on right now.
"It's all beautiful and perfect. Even the girls toilets smell like vanilla cake."
"I have never been inside a gym and I never plan to, thank you very much. Gyms are so, like Greco-homo-erotic."
"They want us to all be the same, but individual. Independent, but controlled. It's all very PC."
"When I think hard about it, I find that I...actually don't like many people. I must be an angry person."
"I watched him as he walked off down the driveway. Hunched over against the world in his black knee-length coat, he looked like a semi-colon."
"It was then that I realized I was wrong in thinking that I knew who the monsters were. Maybe each of us, in turn, is a monster to someone else."