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The Devil's Mixtape [Kindle Edition]

Mary Borsellino
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1999, Ella was one of three students who arrived at her Denver school with a cache of weapons and a plan to use them. Years later, she sifts through accounts of other violent young women, writing letters to a little sister who had to grow up in the aftermath of that day.

In 1952, Sally was a runaway, hitch-hiking around Australia with a strange, secretive girl named Amy. Each outcasts in their own way, the pair navigate a landscape scarred by old memories and tragedies, searching for a place that will feel like safety and home.

And in 2011, Charlotte was a music journalist on tour with a band, listening to their stories of loss and hope. Though they are in very different times and places, the three are linked by a web of legacies and second chances.

Demons, fallen soldiers, hunters, rock & roll stars, and high-school heartbreaks are all thrown together. The result could never be anything but the Devil's mixtape.


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About the Author

Mary writes fiction, pop-culture analysis, comics and music journalism, and whatever else comes out of her head. She also reads like it’s going out of style, makes jewellery, goes to as many rock shows as she can, watches a lot of horror movies, says tasteless things in public situations, and finds every excuse she can to travel. She can usually be found in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as Editor of the journal Australian Philanthropy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4093 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Omnium Gatherum (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M483W0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, intelligent and powerful December 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Mary Borsellino wrote the five-book The Wolf House vampire series, which I love. It's full of horror, cruelty, compassion, love, art and rock music. The Devil's Mixtape is her newest book, and it has all the power, passion, razorblade insights and sometimes shock value of her vampire novel, condensed into a single volume. Mary Borsellino does not choose safe, easy subjects - or protagonists - but she grabs everything in two fists and propels you to places you never saw coming. The other writer who most recently made me feel like this was Suzanne Collins in The Hunger Games trilogy

The Devil's Mixtape has three interwoven stories, all about fierce women who do not even pretend to play nice. The very first chapter throws you right into the deep end with letters from a girl named Ella Vrenna. Ella once led a shooting spree at an American high school, and died at the end of it. She's in Hell, writing letters to her little sister, now a grown woman and a rock star.

The second thread of stories follows Sally, a part aboriginal teenager, travelling across Australia with Amy, who isn't really a girl. The third thread is told in excerpts from a book, in which rock journalist Charlotte interviews the band HUSH on the road. The members of the band are all linked, in some way, to the Ella, Sally and Amy.

Those are the bare bones of it, but the layers of storytelling and theme are so rich, deep and varied that I can't begin to cover them all. But I'm going to give it a shot.

There's a lot in here about identity. Ella is no longer her whole self but reduced to `ellavrenna', her full name always spoken in a breath, made a monster by a monstrous act and losing the rest of who she was in the process.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, breathtaking and beautiful December 14, 2011
By Merri
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is something that everyone who remembers their teenage years needs to read.

Every character is drawn beautifully; you may not agree with or like them, but you can understand their motivations and backgrounds, why they are the way they are. They danced off the page and reminded me of my past. They are loveable, flawed and human (even the ones that aren't). Some are broken and fixed with duct-tape, and I can relate to them all and I love them all. I love the girl that went on a school killing spree - she's full of anger and sadness and is just a teenage girl who never wanted to grow up; Peter Pan Syndrome at its worst.

The matter is dark and gritty, disturbing in some points. The plot is wonderfully structured - you only see bits of the whole, and then the door opens and you see the whole thing, and oh my god. It's dark and dirty and bitter and sweet and heartbreaking and real, so very real. It made me cry and feel all the feelings i could ever feel.

This is a love letter to Australia - all it's been and all it can be. It's a love letter to the confusing horror of adolescence. It's a promise that although everything might not be okay, you will get through it. It's fond memories of touring bands, and it's an explanation of why humans do what they do.

This author has reminded me what it was like to be a teenager, and told me that what I felt was okay. You're never alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely stunning, web-like story December 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There's something about Mary Borsellino's twisted and sharp style of writing that touches at the dark, honest thing located deep inside every reader's ribs. The imagery in The Devil's Mixtape is breathtaking, the characters raw and spellbinding with the intensity that they tell their story, and the story is so tightly wound up on itself that you won't be able to put it down until you've uncovered every mystery.

This book seamlessly blends its themes of violence, queer identity, and teenage sexuality with its richly-layered Australian history and even a hint of the occult. But the most important thing about The Devil's Mixtape is how brilliantly it tells the stories of its women: each of them have a spark and a vital fury and voice that will be instantly and achingly familiar to anyone who's ever felt lost.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is pure genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killers, demons, rock stars and the rest of us. December 14, 2011
By Vilja
Format:Kindle Edition
The Devil's Mixtape absorbed me like few books ever have. The voices in it are immediate and instantly engaging. I could hardly stop reading, and even though the conclusion was as perfect as could be and the threads came together while still leaving the world of the novel open and rich, I wish I could have gone on reading - though I don't know if I could ever get anything else done again if that were an option.

It's horror, yes, but horror with hope of continuity even beyond the most drastic decisions we make, and love and pride and art, all of which can be used to carve a home for yourself in a violent world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and challenging December 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
I've read 'The Devil's Mixtape' twice through now and each time it was impossible to stop reading once I had begun. While the dark themes of the book may not make it everyone's personal preference - or make it a must-read for others, of course - I found it to be a deep, meaningful, and compelling read. Each twist in the tale, each plotline, has its own draw, and together they weave into a truly great story.

Mary Borsellino brings each of her unique characters to life and, as their lives intertwine in various ways, gives them unforgettable voices. The common thread, though, is that they are all matter-of-fact: these are their stories and they are telling them to you. And you will listen. Oh, yes. Each voice is distinct and easy to hear; there's not a word wasted in this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read.
A powerfully moving story that touches your soul or what's left of it. You get to know the characters and are able to understand them on several levels. Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. Fontenelle
4.0 out of 5 stars It was something
This is the embarassing type of review to write, the kind where you don't know quite what to say, but here it is. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kate Fitzsimons
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Poetic Meditation On Gender And Teen Violence
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Devil's Mixtape is a lyrical, at times mesmerizing reflection on gender, identity, and the complex sources (and far reaching results)... Read more
Published on July 18, 2012 by Edward M. Erdelac
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved it, and totally recommend everyone give it a try. :-) All the ladies are strong, realistic, and relatable.
Published on July 6, 2012 by Sem
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Multi-Layered
THE DEVIL'S MIXTAPE is not the sort of book you read once and stow away on a shelf. It's far too multi-layered for that. Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by Hal Bodner
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling characters, bittersweet and powerful
I took far too long to finally read this book, but once I did I found it to be another example of what this author does best. Mary Borsellino tells incredible stories about kids. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Coaster
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Mix Tape does not disappoint
I like a book that really makes me think, so a book with a title such as The Devil's Mix Tape isn't something that I could pass up on reading, not in a million years. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Tonya
5.0 out of 5 stars You must experience it for yourself.
As human beings, we all share an innate curiosity, if not fear, of death. The theories abound as to what constitutes consciousness, and what happens to it after the cessation of... Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Emory B. Pueschel
4.0 out of 5 stars Even Demons Have Hearts
This is the first book I've read from Mary Borsellino, but I'm ready for more. This books follows a complicated narrative where everyone is connected and almost no one is exactly... Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!
I'm surprised and grateful to see something NEW to the genre. This is fast-paced, well written, and difficult to put down. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by D. Marie
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