I adore Sarah Crossan and I think she is an amazing person. Meeting her last month at Sydney Writer's Fest reminded me that I needed to read her3.5/5
I adore Sarah Crossan and I think she is an amazing person. Meeting her last month at Sydney Writer's Fest reminded me that I needed to read her older books, namely 'The Weight of Water' which she mentioned she drew slightly subconscious inspiration from her own childhood and upbringing.
Written in verse, 'The Weight of Water' is about a 12-year-old girl who is plucked from Poland when her Mama (mother) brings the two of them over to Coventry, England, to try and find Tata (father) who left home without warning.
We follow Kasienka as she tries to navigate being the new girl at school as the popular kids ostracise, bully and target her for ridicule because of her background and appearance. She just wants a friend, she wants to go home, she wants things to go back to Before.
I wish that I could have connected to the characters more than I had. I felt so distant from it all, but I was able to appreciate the difficulty and unfairness of the situation, and I was glad to see traces of happiness, silver linings.
I liked this one and ended up reading most of it in one sitting. I'm not sure if I would read this again, but I did like the snippets we got to see of the hardships of being an 'alien' in a different land, learning that love is not always forever, and the healing powers of swimming....more
I want to preface this by saying that I had not previously read anything about this book, nor had I watched trailers or the film adaptation that ha5/5
I want to preface this by saying that I had not previously read anything about this book, nor had I watched trailers or the film adaptation that has recently come out. All I knew was that there would be a love story and I would probably cry my heart out - I was right on both accounts.
I delve into chick lit with weary eyes, as I'm sure that many do. The difference in this case, resulting in my overall connection and enjoyment (though I find that to be a rather strange word to use in these cases where I am left sniffling and emotionally drained), is the level of complexity and thought, research and resulting real-ness that the author of Me Before You, Jojo Moyes, has accomplished.
I highly enjoyed the themes of life and living it to the fullest, and this is what Me Before You is at its core. Louisa Clark lives a comfortable life before she loses her job of six years as a waitress at the local cafe, before she is thrown into a six month contract - a caregiver role for a paraplegic in his 30s who used to have the world at his feet. So much seems to happen in just six months, and it does come as an eye opener on many accounts... what does it mean to be alive?
(view spoiler)[As a healthcare provider myself who has had to study up, albeit briefly, on the moral issues of euthanasia and assisted-suicide, I thought I would be completely unaffected by the appearance of this issue. But I found myself getting emotionally attached to Lou and Will, hoping almost as hard as Lou (and the Traynors) that she would be able to change his mind. But. Every person should have the right to their own choices, especially people in Will's situation. (hide spoiler)]
It took me ages to finish this book because I was on holiday. I'm sure that I would otherwise have consumed the whole lot within a week of starting it. I'm very eager to read the sequel very soon! ...more
I sort of like the ending. We are left feeling a bit conflicted, not completely sure where things end up for the Right Arm. But. There's hope forOMG.
I sort of like the ending. We are left feeling a bit conflicted, not completely sure where things end up for the Right Arm. But. There's hope for MORE in the future. A bit emotionally fueled.. The movie is going to be quite a ride! Much excite!...more