We haven't talked books in a long long time. Almost 6 months! And then Julia mentioned that she can always trust me for a good fiction read and I felt a tad guilty for not providing them. So I thought that I should do some book reviews and catch up on the great books I have read in the last few months.
I have read two books over the last two months that had children or teens as the main character - both really great reads that show a lot of sensitivity to kids that do not fall into the usual cookie cutter type. I thoroughly enjoyed both and will recommend them if this is the type of book you enjoy - think of "The curious incident in the night time" or "Wonder". I was also deeply touched by both of them.
What Milo saw by Virginia Macgregor:
I had to swallow very
hard not to just cry and cry at the end of this book. Milo Moon has
Retinitis Pigmentosa and is slowly loosing his eyesight. He sees the
world literally (and figuratively) in a different way. His dad left him
and his mom to look after gran. Then his mom moves his gran into a
nursing home and together he and his teacup pig Hamlet set out to save
Gran from this horrible place. I was deeply touched by this book and
it's lovely colourful characters - my favorites being Tripi and Mr
Overend but it's very hard to choose in this gallery of wonderful
people. Do read!
The Universe vs Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Alex Woods is the only child of a fortune teller and unknown father. Bookish and and easy target for bullies, Alex does not have the easiest of childhoods. At age 10 he is struck by a rare meteorite in his own bathroom, leaving him a minor news celebrity and with a scar and epilepsy to boot. Also resulting in him being more of a misfit than ever before.
Then he meets Mr Peterson, a Vietnam war veteran and an unlikely friend. A wonderful friendship develops that teaches not only Alex but many others close to him what life (and death) is all about. A great great read.
If you loved Jojo Moyes "Me before you" do read this book too - it shares a subject matter handled in a very sensitive way.