Wow, week 5 already. We’re steaming through the year!
This week’s book, Home by Amanda Berriman, is a download from NetGalley. I wasn’t going to review any books from NetGalley this year because I’ve got my pile of actual books to read that will last me all year! After reading the blurb, though, I couldn’t not read it.
It’s written from the perspective of 4-year-old Jesika which reminded me of the book, Room by Emma Donahue.
I had reservations about Room when I first started reading it. I thought it was going to be hard to read but I very soon got into it and read the whole book in a couple of days.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Jesika is four and a half.
She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. Jesika knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.
It’s not an easy subject matter but I had to finish it to see what happened to Jesika. She’s such a little a cutie and I found myself wishing I could give her a big cuddle.
The book was really well written from Jesika’s point of view. It was frustrating only hearing from Jesika because as an adult, I’d usually be privy to all the information from the adult conversations but because Jesika wasn’t included in the conversations, neither was I!
It made me actually think what it must be like for a child listening to us adults talking and not being able to understand everything.
I loved that Tina, Jesika and Toby found such a great support network and even though there was a sad bit at the end, I finished the book feeling so happy for Jesika and her family.
I gave the book 5 stars on Goodreads. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any future books by Amanda Berriman 🙂
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