Not Enough Bookshelves: Countdown to Christmas No 3 Tom, Tara & Co

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas No 3 Tom, Tara & Co

Tom and Tara from The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta.

Well I can’t have a list of favourites and not include Melina Marchetta. She’s absolutely my favourite YA author; her books are magic. Whether she’s writing about family dynamics in Australia or a fictional war torn realm I just fall into her books and lose myself there.

Anyway, we’re talking of Tom and Tara. We last saw them, at the end of Saving Francesca, on their way to a maybe relationship (well I did anyway). Five years down the road, Tom has managed to royally screw up both their almost relationship and their friendship, and Tara is now living overseas and dating someone else. While Tom is messing around causing his friends and family a lot of heartache.

They communicate solely by text and emails all through the book. Yet their chemistry and love for each other is as clear as if they were together on every page, you just need to read between the lines to find it! I wanted so badly for them to get back together or to at least be real friends again. Honestly, there were moments when I was set to climb into the book and slap Tom (well maybe shake him a little, because I do adore that Mackee boy).

I won’t spoil by saying how The Piper’s Son leaves them as I know a lot of people haven’t read it yet seeing as it’s not out here until February! But if you loved Saving Francesca, you’ll love revisiting old friends in and seeing what happens to Tom in life and in love.

Also bonus points in the countdown because the friendships are just so brilliant. Tom’s group of friends is one I want to hang out with.

Plus it contains my favourite romantic line of the year, spoken by my favourite YA boy Will Trombal

Honestly, whether you’re preference is for couples or friendship, this book has it all. Get it pre-ordered!


  1. one of my (many) favourite scenes was the "where do you see yourself in ten years" thing. its so something i would dream about someone saying in real life 😉
    this post is sooooo awesome, seriously, I ADORE this book and melina marchetta and tom mackee and every single character.


  2. Audrey – Thanks glad I'm not alone in my swooning adoration 🙂 I love the ten years thing too but it's Will's last scene, where he shows Tom his tattoo, that kills me!


  3. Awesome pick. I love Thomas Mackee. And his romance with Tara is beautiful because it happens from friendship. Definitely no love at first sight!

    I thought Will was more romantic in TPS then SF. I love that quote that about his tattoo!


  4. oh – i am re-reading this right now.

    and am so proud to see them on here.

    melina marchetta is just utterly and completely awesome.

    so thrilled to see what your last two picks are – you've had such brilliant taste so far!



  5. Nic – Isn't it? I love them and Francesca and Will just kill me in TPS, I guess he's older now and committed so it's more realistic that he's more romantic. Ah that tattoo, *sigh*

    Nomes – She really is. Honestly if I ever got to go to a MM book signing I would probably behave like those old films of girls screaming at the Beatles I have Marchettamania 🙂

    And thanks so much glad you're enjoying it.


  6. I want to read this book! And now after your post and all these comments I want to read it even more. I love Melina Marchetta. Her writing is magic


  7. Resugo – oh you must! You will love it, it;s so fantastic! Now I want to re-read it.


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