If you ever wanted to be someone else, even just for a day; if you’re someone who wants to travel the whole world and see its seven seas (specially the Irish one); if you’re someone who always takes the scenic routes – this story is for you.<3
I have not seen this book being recommended anywhere and honestly it’s a shame. It’s written by Siobhan Dowd herself! And I had such a great time reading it!
Oh and the audiobook is just so so good. I’m not someone who goes for or listens to audiobooks very often as I tend to zone out while listening to them, but this one’s audiobook was so unbelievably good, I will highly recommend listening to it.
Trust me when I say, books do give you solace! I picked this one up from my college library few months back when I was looking for a book that’ll give the feeling of ‘escape’ I was looking for and the blurb told me this book is just about that . . .escaping.
Thoughts And Review:
The well known usual formula: There’s a troubled teen, with issues and a disturbing past, who sets up on the journey of ‘self-discovery’…sounds so cliché I know. But the story was so much more than that.
This book talks about parental abandonment. It talks about all these coping mechanisms which are so necessary to us sometimes, yet how more than often they end up becoming our worst enemies. Not only these hard hitting subjects, it talks about LOTR obsessed cute biker guys and a sweet vegan truck driver too don’t worry 🙂
The most attractive thing about the story is its narrator and its ending, and both are so brutally interconnected with each other. I loved Holly. I loved the fact that she’s not a reliable narrator. Because she lies. She lies to everyone around her. She lies to us, readers because she lies to Herself too. (I know! WEIRD! To explain this, I’ll have to give away spoilers which I can’t do obviously. Just read the book already!).
And I appreciated its ending so much too. Like I loved how the problems that the characters were going through were not fixed at all! The fact that the characters were struggling even at the last page and maybe will keep on struggling even long after the readers have moved onto a brand new book . . . I love this kind of shit. (I know! What’s wrong with me lol)However this felt like it was written keeping younger audience in mind, maybe not many can connect with it that way. But still it’s one of the most memorable story I’ve ever got a chance to read.
Ratings: A solid 3.8/5
That’s all for today lovelies have a great day ahead! And don’t forget to tell me about a book whose ending you absolutely adored!
(Ps: For those of you who don’t know, Siobhan Dowd was the person who came up with the idea for ‘A Monster Calls’. But sadly she passed away before she could pen it down herself, so it was offered to Patrick Ness who ended up writing the book instead.)
Happy Reading! ☺️💕