Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Carla's Thoughts: All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

Published: 7 June 2011
Source: Bought
Goodreads Summary: Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go—anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won’t get off the couch, and two brothers in prison.

She’s set herself rules to live by, but she’s starting to break them.

Now Mim has to retrieve a lost package for her mother. Does this make her a drug runner? Why is a monster dog called Gargoyle hidden in the back shed? And Jordan, the boy she sent Valentines to for years, why is he now suddenly a creep? How come there’s a huge gap between her and her best friend, Tahnee? And who is the mysterious girl next door who moans at night?

Over the nine days before her seventeenth birthday, Mim’s life turns upside down. She has problems, and she’s determined to solve them herself. But in the end, she works out who her people are, and the same things look entirely different.

Aw man, this book is a total firecracker. Like BOOM. For such a small unassuming book it packs a rather effective punch. Like POW. It’s weird and wonderful in equal measures. It’s like stumbling across buried treasure and finding something you never even realised you were looking for. Because Wakefield knows what’s up; girl can work those words with style.

I’m not even going to touch on the plot because I think this is one that you need to go into knowing not that much about it. Just know that it’s probably one of the most suspenseful, powerful and honest books I have ever read. It will make you feel all the feels. It’s funny and sad and heart-warming and soul crushing, but most of all it is REAL. No one can quite put their finger on the human affliction as much as Wakefield.

Mim. OH MIM ILY!! She’s smart and funny and fierce. She is a total bad ass. But she’s total judgy and a little hypocritical and selfish. But this is a Good Thing, because it gives her dimension as a character; enough so that I was so immersed in her story. Actual emotional involvement happened. There might even have been Dawson Leery style crying at the end.

This book is my people and holy shit is it good to be home.


  1. "This book is my people and holy shit is it good to be home." LOVE.

    I need this, like, yesterday. (As if I didn't already!)

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    1. I knew I could count on you! BOOK TWINS.

  3. I have never heard of this one, but it's be added to my TBR NOW

    1. it's an aussie book, which I have hardcore hankerings for. they bring it.

  4. DUDE. I've never even heard of this book. Dawson Leery crying? HELL TO THE YES. And YAY for multi-dimensional characters!! I am totally in support of selfish character if they're REAL, you know? I need dis. OH GOD, I NEED DIS.

    1. lets talk about how I can SEND it you? in fact, let's just say that what is mine is yours....so you want it, baby you got it.

  5. I've never heard of this book but HELLO! Dawson crying. WINNING.

    1. right. it was like this only with MUCH better hair

  6. I. AM. SOLD.

    There might even have been Dawson Leery style crying at the end. ZOMB. I'm currently watching Dawsons Creek for the first time (up to season 5) and this line totally got me. Ha!

    Carla, this is your first review (on Makeshift Bookmark anyway) and it is AWESOMESAUCE. Can't wait for your next one!

    1. why thank you Rebecca!! right? when he cries that crumpled face cry I'm all 'oh dawson honey, I know it hurts BUT WHAT GIVES WITH THE HAIR. I mean, I know it's the nineties but that IS NO EXCUSE.'

  7. Um, this book sounds pretty darn AWESOME. I can't wait to check it out for myself because the whole mystery surrounding the plot is just too intriguing to pass up.

    Also, welcome back to blogging!!

    1. thanks alexa! it's the little book that could. FOR REALZ

  8. Wow, I fell in love with the art cover...it's great! :)

    Thanks for the review..I'll have to check it out!

    1. I love the cover because it actually represents something in the book - the cover for her new book friday brown is kind of in the same vein. those aussies sure know whats up.

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