Monday, 28 January 2013

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Synopsis (From Goodreads

Pages: 221
Publisher: Indigo
Released: 1st of October 2011

Ten-year-old Jamie hasn't cried since it happened. He knows he should have - Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn't, but then he is just a cat and didn't know Rose that well, really. Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that's just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it's worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum's gone and Jamie's left with questions that he must answer for himself. This is his story, an unflinchingly real yet heart-warming account of a young boy's struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.

What I Have to Say

This book made me cry. Those of you who have been reading my reviews for a while, know that this is a good thing. If you don't like sad books, probably best to pick up something else. Though you can probably tell that just from the premise.

If you do like sad books, then seriously, read this one. The whole concept of it is really interesting, the lose of a child told from a younger siblings viewpoint. And it is written so well. At first the style felt a bit stilted, but it was actually quite easy to fall into after getting used to it.

I really liked Jamie as a character. He was a cute kid and his friendship with Sunya was great. I do think that Pitcher was wrong to make it love though. 10 is a little young to be thinking about love and even if it's not, there's not enough close friendships in books. Especially when it's a boy and a girl. Everything is about love. I'd like to see a book which isn't about love.

I think Jas was interesting too. I'd have loved to have seen more about her.

Anyway, read this book. So powerful.

No comments:

Post a Comment