27 Feb 2012

Review: The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams

The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams
February 22, 2012Penguin
Source: Provided by the publisher
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 264
But there I go, getting ahead of myself. Skipping straight to the part where I was front-page news and they were calling me Dorothy, instead of starting at the beginning...

When Dodie's parents go missing just as final year exams are about to start, she convinces herself they're fine. But when the least likely boy in class holds the key – quite literally – to the huge secret her parents have been hiding all these years, it's up to Dodie, her sister, the guy from school, and two guys she's never met before, to take on the challenge of a lifetime. So now Dodie's driving – unlicensed –to Sydney, and being chased by bad guys, the police, and one very handsome good guy.

When I heard the author had a new book coming out, and that it was a road trip and sounded like complete fun, I straightaway added it onto my to-read list. I can happily say that this book exceeded my expectations by far.
Intriguing and funny, The Reluctant Hallelujah, jumps straight into the story, not wasting a second! As the book progressed the author paced the book perfectly, making for a lively read, with not a dull moment in sight.
The characters in this story, each and every one on of them, are fantastic. You’ll meet a lot of characters in this book, so I’ll let you enjoy discovering them yourself, but I’ll introduce you to the most important - main character, Dodie. A protagonist I simply loved, she led the story beautifully, especially considering she went off on a wild goose chase, only a few days before her final Year 12 exams! Stressful much! She might not have been very happy about the situation in the beginning, about having to abandon her studies and deliver a dead guy to safety, (who would!) but the great character she is, she took it upon her shoulders and soldiered on.
It does deal with the subject of religion, but Gabrielle Williams deals with it extremely well! Even though it was sometimes jokey, the points were relevant and used purposefully.
This might sound strange, but like all good Aussie stories, it's got that beautiful Aussie essence to it. That extra pinch of something else; that rawness; that vibe. Australia might not release that many books each year, but when their good, their good.
Compelling, fun, wacky, heart-warming and so much more, this book isn’t to be missed!


  1. Isn't this such a good book?! I loved how Aussie it was and the fact that the religious aspect wasn't in-your-face.

  2. Thanks Rebecca. Great review. 5 out of 5 - I'm rapt! Gab x

  3. This looks like a fun read. I love that you liked all the characters. Great review!

  4. This book seems really cool! I'm adding it to my TBR list right now. And yeah, for some strange reason, I really like books set in Australia (like Stolen by Lucy Christopher or Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah). They just seem, I dunno, cooler. :)

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  5. Oh, Becca, GREAT review. THIS: "like all good Aussie stories, it got that beautiful Aussie essence to it. That extra pinch of something else; that rawness; that vibe. Australia might not release that many books each year, but when their good, their good."


    You are just... seriously. Not that with age comes talent (clearly. I look with abject HORROR on the reviews I wroted at 26), but... you write your reviews with language and maturity way beyond your years. You're a gorgeous little review writing goddess... and now that I've made myself sound like a condescending prat... *runs away*
    *runs back*
    Love you! ♥
    *runs away again*

  6. BEST. COMMENT. EVER. If there was a Comment Wall of Fame this would be in it. Sarah, you just made my day! And for that my love for you is bigger than ever! Wuvs <3

    I understand perfectly! Hey, I've definitley improved since I first started out. After blogging for some months now, I've found my groove to when it comes to reviews. And hey, your reviews rock too you lovely munchkin you! *huggles* I love you too! And thanks for the beautiful comment. It's nice to feel appreciated and that people like your reviews. If I'm ever feeling blah about blogging, I'll know where to come. Here! ♥

  7. Awww, Becca, you're LOVELY.

    And yeah... you eventually find a place that feels right and comfortable and... yes... I kind of wonder if I'm still getting there :D

    *pokes* you should post this review on Goodreads so I can like it :P