Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Key To The Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Pages: 304
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: 4th July 2013 (first published 1st January 2004)

Life hasn't been the same for the Gold sisters since their father died. Brooks is not-so-quietly falling apart, May is desperately trying to keep everything and everyone together, and Palmer... well, who knows what's up with Palmer.

May is sure if she could just learn to drive, life would be so much simpler. But with both her mum and Brooks permanently AWOL, getting her license is looking hopeless - until Pete offers to teach her.

What I Have To Say

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The title didn't really give much away but as it was the first book Maureen Johnson wrote, I was really interested to read it. 

It was brilliant. The writing was touching and emotional, the characters realistic and lifelike. It was such a well written story of how a family has to remake itself after the death of the father. 

All three of the sisters react in different ways and take different paths, showing three very different ways to deal with grief. Which highlight that not everyone responds to death in the same way. 

Whether you're a fan of Maureen Johnson or not, this is a wonderfully written book about grief and loss.

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