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Kite Spirit

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  47 reviews
During the summer of her GCSEs Kite's world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide after a long struggle with feeling under pressure to achieve. Kite's dad takes her to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve. In London Kite is a confident girl, at home in the noisy, bustling city, but in the countryside she feels vulnerable and disorientated. ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published May 9th 2013 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Writing about "suicide" is not that easy, but I think that Sita Brahmachari did it very well!
The story is about Kite and her best friend Dawn. It starts with Kite worrying about Dawn because she did not show up to her first final exam. After that Kita founds out that her best friend committed suicide and her world falls apart. Her dad takes her to the country side to help her recover. Kite always feels Dawn's soul around her. She started blaming herself for her death and questions everything th
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book at all!
To be perfectly honest, there was no real storyline. Yes, a girls best friend commits suicide. Wow that could make a really great book! Yeah, it could, unfortunately it did not.
We never find out how or why (which was the ONLY thing I wanted to know from the beginning!) Kite's friend takes her life, which really disappointed me. Instead, the book takes the root of how Kite gets over it. Oh no. This, too, could probably have made a half-decent book, howe
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Didn't draw me in enough to want to finish it
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
16 year-old Kite's best friend Dawn commits suicide and Kite has no idea why. Kite's mum is from the Caribbean, her Dad from the Lakes and they are a dancer and musician respectively. Dawn was a perfectionist, an excellent oboeist; she was a listener and Kite gradually realises she listened a lot to Kite rather than saying what she was feeling herself. Kite is, understandably, devastated and can't imagine life without Dawn. On a trip to the Lakes with her Dad to find out about his mother's past ...more
Anne Tucker
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book though it was a fairly difficult subject - a young girl coming to terms with her best friend's suicide at 13. The characters were well drawn, and the connection with Yorkshire was intriguing (specifically Haweswater, the village that was 'drowned' to make a reservoir to provide the water for Manchester in Victorian times) and the nature and folklore sections on owls that is a symbol that reappears several times in the book.

Teen fiction - I wonder if young people w
LucyKate Newland
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
you can keep 13 Reasons Why. This is a beautiful book about teenage suicide that everybody needs to read.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari followed Kite as her world falls apart when her best friend commits suicide.

During the summer of her GCSEs Kite's world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide after a long struggle with feeling under pressure to achieve. Kite's dad takes her to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve. In London Kite is a confident girl, at home in the noisy, bustling city, but in the
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book
Rachel "Rai29"
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
(Originally posted on Rai29BookReadNReview)

ISBN: 9780330517928
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 309

How do you pick up the pieces and start again when you lose your best friend?

Kite Soloman is a typical teenager. Just a few weeks off her her sixteenth birthday, she is balancing a hectic schedule of school, hobbies, revision and socialising. Her days are jam packed, her phone always buzzing with a text or a Facebook update - particularly from her best friend and neighbour, Dawn. T
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
Kite and Dawn are best friends, and totally inseparable. Kite and Dawn share everything with each other... or so Kite thought. On the eve of their first GCSE exam, Dawn takes her own life, and Kite's world shatters. Kite's dad, Seth, takes Kite to the Lake District to give Kite space to grieve and cry for her lost friend, whilst he delves into his family history. Soon, Kite meets a boy, who seems to understand her pain. Can Kite get help from Garth, this understanding, kind boy, and learn how to ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ghostly look at death

It wouldn’t be spoiling the story to say it is about teen suicide seeing that is the main aspect of its promo.

There aren’t many stories about teen suicide, and judging from this one, there aren’t many good ones.

“Kite Spirit” tells of Kite’s grieving process following the suicide of her best friend, Dawn, an accomplished oboe player, ‘A’ student and perfectionist. Kite’s grief is palpable in the first few pages, until we are subjected to re
Joséphine (Word Revel)
There are books that entrap readers—they can't put them down until they have read them cover to cover. Those books don't allow readers to do anything else but read because they must know what happens next. This was no such book. No, it was great in a different manner. Plot was not what drove the book, so I felt in no way compelled to finish it in one shot, even though it's short enough for that. What mattered was the experience of the characters and how they each dealt with the grief of losing s ...more
L.H. Johnson
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
As you may gather from this, I am a fan of Sita Brahamachari. I think Artichoke Hearts and Jasmine Skies are two of the best, most perceptive and impressive books I've read for a long time. She is an exciting and brilliant writer.

Kite Spirit opens with Kite discovering that her best friend has taken her life. Struggling to cope with her grief over losing Dawn, Kite is taken away to the countryside to help her recover.

The main thing to note about Brahmachari is that she writes with an incredible gra
Pamela Todd
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-mg, read-in-2013
The morning of their first day of exams, Kite’s world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn commits suicide. Plagued with questions and a sense of suffocations, Kite’s dad takes her out of the city to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve.

Kite feels as though Dawn’s spirit is around her. She envisions her as an owl, soaring in the sky and leaving her mark on Kite’s window. Kite feels so many emotions she can barely process them, and can’t even cry. It is when she meets
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenage, dnf
I didn't really enjoy this. Nor did I finish this.

It's about a girl whose best friend commits suicide in the first chapter, and I presume that the rest of the book is about her recovery...even though I've already similar books with exactly the same plot which handled it a lot more realistically and with some actual emotion.

I read a handful of chapters and garnered practically no emotion from the characters. It was a bit empty and I just couldn't feel anything. Kite and Da
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A gentle read about the devastation of losing, finding and understanding.

We follow Kite as she tries to come to terms with the suicide of her best friend Dawn. Going through the stages of grieving, there is plenty of ‘what if’ and ‘why’ for Kite to think about.

I was first introduce to Sita Brahmachari with ‘Artichoke Hearts’, however I didn’t actually finish the book because I wasn’t fond of her way of writing as it was quite childish and I couldn’t engage well with the s
Chris Routh
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kite is devastated by the suicide of her best friend. She is overwhelmed by grief and a sense of guilt. It will take a complete change of environment, the care and patience of those who love her and the development of a new friendship for the healing to begin. Coming to terms with loss, accepting that she is not to blame and finding a way to say goodbye and start enjoying her own life again is bound to take time. Kite's emotional journey unfolds at exactly the right pace.

As always, t
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I had high hopes for this book, but I have to say that I was left slightly disappointed. After reading the blurb, I was expecting it to be a real emotional roller-coaster that would tug on the heart strings. However, the main issue I had was I struggled to connect with the main character. The scene where she discovers the death of her best friend was a real stand-out for me, and was probably the highlight of the book. I also really liked the other characters, in particular her dad Seth. It was K ...more
Melusine Parry
Kite Spirit' is not quite as good as Sita Brahmachari's first two books, but those were so mind-blowingly amazing that it's an unfair comparison perhaps. The main problem is the editing, I think - the first part is very long. It only really picks up from the second half of the book, where the descriptions of the Lake District are splendid and the dialogues become lively and profound. The tenderness and the beautiful images which characterise Brahmachari's style are there everywhere, and she conf ...more
Mrs Shuttleworth
During the summer of her GCSEs Kite's world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide after a long struggle with feeling under pressure to achieve. Kite's dad takes her to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve. In London Kite is a confident girl, at home in the noisy, bustling city, but in the countryside she feels vulnerable and disorientated. Kite senses Dawn's spirit around her and is consumed by powerful, confusing emotions - anger, guilt, sadness and frustration, ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kite Spirit is a beautifully written book that both teenagers and adults can and should read and reflect upon. It explores a subject that is every parents worst nightmare but from an unusual perspective that unbelievably has you laughing and crying at the end.

Sita has obviously done a huge amount of research in order to allow the characters to move through every step of the process after experiencing the shocking event of a teenage suicide whilst developing another underlying subtle
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
This book dealt really well with grief and the effect suicide has on those remaining. Kite's grief was expressed really well, but I also appreciated the broader look of grief for the parents, Kite's parents, the teachers, the school and the general community.

I think Kite's family were very well written - active, involved parents just trying to help their daughter, and themselves, through the pain and loss.

I wasn't keen on some of the 'trippier' aspects though, with Kite feeling Dawn's presence
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I was in the library and I randomly picked this book up and thought it sounded really good. I'll admit I did enjoy reading it, however I did feel some parts dragged on a bit and so it took me a longer time to finish reading. The way the author has tackled the ideas of suicide and how it affects people around, is a pretty accurate representation and the author doesn't try to simplify or sugar coat the reality of such a situation. So for that reason I found it to be a really good book. However as ...more
Chloe Spinks
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is quite sad and you possibly will cry at the end as it is about a very sensitive subject. It took me a little while to get involved with the book, but the second part flowed better and the book became more exciting.

The book ended too fast for me, and I would have liked more of an explanation. But I realise that this sort of tragedy has no clear ending. The book is more about how people deal with teenage suicide and I think she portrayed this well.

I've recommended this boo
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and upon picking it up at my local library I had no idea what to expect. From the cover it looked like a Sarah Dessen style novel and anyone who knows me will know I'm not a fan of those. I was half expecting to give up on this less than halfway, but surprisingly I made it to the end and loved it. Kite Spirit was beautifully written and had a magical yet haunting feel about it. I will definatly be looking into Sita's other books in future.
Jess Hancock
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have never before read a book and cried like I did with Kite Spirit. The pain, hurt and raw emotion in this book is evident throughout, which touched my heart. I wasn't sure how I felt when I realised this book was about suicide, definitely not something I would previously have read. It made me open my thoughts on so many levels. I now need to know my children feel that they can talk to me, and on a professional level, the children in my class at school feel they can trust me and talk to me. A ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was intrigued when I first picked up this book due to the subject matter. However I struggled with this book. There was no real storyline and I was expecting so much more. With a subject like suicide I was expecting a more in depth story but this one fell flat and was rather dull in parts. The story only really got going towards the end. I also felt that a lot of the things that happened throughout the book were there just to make it longer. I felt no connection with any of the characters and ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I decided to pick this book up because I love Sita Brahmachari's writing style and I have read her other two books as well. This book deals with the theme of suicide and follows 16-year-old Kites journey to coming to terms with her best friend, Dawn's death. I really liked this book and I thought Sita Brahmachari dealt with the topic of suicide really well as I'm sure it's not an easy subject to write about. So overall I give it four stars.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
For me at the beginning it was a bit too slow but it gradually picked up pace. The thing I liked best was the traits of every character. Each character was different: some more eccentric and bubbly (like Kite's mother Ruby) and some were more reserved and secretive (like Garth). Overall it was a good read.
 Suzanne Kapelus
Jul 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I started to read this books t the beginning of the holidays and I couldn't get into it! There seemed to be no plot whatsoever. Also the author seemed to just be jumping to random events that didn't matter. I love Sita Brahmachari's other books but this one is in my humble opinion truly terrible!
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Sita was born in Derby in 1966, to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. ARTICHOKE HEARTS is her first novel for young people. Sita lives and works in ...more
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