Caroline Means's Reviews > Click: One Novel, Ten Authors

Click by David Almond
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Nov 06, 11

really liked it
Read from October 07 to 26, 2011

When first reading this book, I was a little apprehensive. There were so many writers, and I was worried their styles would clash. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the authors worked together. Each chapter focused on a different part of the story, making the jumping around a little confusing, but overall the authors collaborated very well.
Gee is the focus of the book, and is recently deceased. He was photographer who traveled the world, photographing people's lives, the good and bad, photographing wars and aftermaths. Each chapter focuses on different people - mostly his grandchildren Maggie and Jason, but also on how he met the people he photographed. It's a bit like 6 degrees of separation, showing how he is connected to these people with amazing stories, and then so are the people who see this pictures in a way.
Each author wrote a different chapter, and I think that in a way this made the story so much better. There were no side characters, even though most of the characters only appeared for one chapter. The authors put so much love and care in crafting each person in their chapter that none seems more important than another.
When Gee he died he leaves his camera to his grandson Jason and shells from each continent to his granddaughter Maggie, encouraging them to travel the world and have adventures like him. Even though ten people wrote this book, and their styles worked very well together. The only trouble is that sometimes you have to read a little, then go back and read it again in order to know when it's placed (future, past, present) because sometimes it's a little hard to tell. But once you get a hang of the jumping around, it’s a very good read.

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