”The Bone is in our marrow. It’s complacency and fear handed down from generation to generation.”
If you’re looking for a sweet romance you will not find it reading this book. This is definitely not a love story. A story about love? Yes…maybe…I don’t know. Depends how you see certain aspects of the story. For me it was a dark, twisted and confusing psychological thriller that messed up a little with my head. “Marrow” is a story about life, love, vengeance, justice and so much more. It’s a very graphic story. It’s real. And it’s even eye opening. It’s a story that will make you reflect and it’s a story that will make you question everything.
“The eating house will never stop calling to me, and I will never cease to answer.”
The story is about Margo Moon, a girl who grow up in a bad neighborhood. She lives with her mother in the “eating house” in a small town, Bone. Over the years her mother becomes an agoraphobic, paranoid, pill-addicted prostitute so needless to say, Margo’s life is not easy. Her mother is not abusive, but she’s kinda of controlling.
“People do bad things in the dark, under the hollow gaze of the moon. It’s smiling at me now, proud of my sin. I’m not proud. I’m not anything. An eye for an eye, I tell myself. A beating for a beating.“
Margo is surrounded only by ugliness and injustice. Tired to see so much suffering, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
“I do not kill just because. I execute the wicked. People who had no place living, sharing the planet with those of us trying to survive— making it harder.”
Margo meets Judah, a boy from the neighborhood and they become friends. Eventually she starts to want more than a simple friendship with him.
The characters of this story are complex, flawed and maybe real in some way as well. At first Margo is timid and afraid, but as the story progresses and she sees how cruel and ugly the world she lives in can be she changes. Practically she becomes another girl – determined, fearless, “something deadly”,ruthless. I think Margo is that king of character you will love to hate and hate to love. She’s not a psychopath and she’s not portrayed like one. She can feel happiness, sadness, she can sympathize with others. When she kills for the first time she doesn’t actually wants to kill.
“An eye for an eye. A beating for a beating. A burn for a burn. I have a conscience. It is different from the conscience of the average person, but at least it’s there.”
And she does have a conscience. Even if she continues to kill.
I felt for Margo, I really did. She’s such a lonely girl. She thinks she’s not worth loving, that she’s not worth fighting, but Judah tries to make her see that she’s wrong, tries to make her see her own beauty. Not only her physical beauty. This boy, Judah is Margo’s only light and beauty in the world. He’s the only one who believes in her, who accepts her, who cares for her. He represents the light and hope in Margo’s world. Margo is strong and she is smart. She represents the good as much as she represents the bad. Many readers will agree with all her actions. Is she wrong to be the only judge? Is she right? Personally, I don’t know. I’m still not sure.
Like I mentioned before the story is confusing. (view spoiler)
There are some interesting twists, but for me nothing was too spectacular. While I liked this story, I didn’t love it. It didn’t wow me and I felt like something was missing. What? I’m still not sure.
I think the ending represents the message of the entire book?!?I’m not sure..(view spoiler)This is just a guess..
Overall, a great read!