TELEPATH, SENSE OF HUMOUR, OVERACTIVE CONSCIENCE, KNOWS HER OWN MIND – AND YOURS. PREFERS QUIET LIFE TO LIFE-THREATENING. HOW’S THAT WORKING OUT THEN?
It’s tricky to know what’s normal if you’re not, But Stella’s north west London upbringing is average enough, and her eccentric, protective (paranoid?) family are not given to making a fuss.
Only when she finds herself smack...more
“I was five when I discovered I could fly, sixteen when I killed a man. Both events were unsettling in their own way.”
Relatively Strange is a fascinating story about growing up when you’re somewhat different to most of those around you. Enriched with some wonderfully quirky characters, this story made me think of Mary Poppins as a child and The Worst Witch.
I loved the style of writing and the way the descriptions comp ...more
So in all honestly, why did I read it?
I am a sucker for a great cover and one that catches my eye [yep, I'm shallow]
But the blurb enticed me.
I am so glad that I dared to tip my toe into the water of a book that I may have turned away from because, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the author Merilyn Messik writes so well its believable and you come to accept everything about it.
Stella has these abilities to do things that others of the 'norm' can ...more
"I was five when I discovered I could fly, sixteen when I killed a man. Both events were unsettling in their own way"
Wow. Absolutely fantastic read.
I loved the story and the characters.
I loved Stella.
She was my favourite character.
I loved Ruth too.
Wow. Didn't expect that.
This story just gets better and better.
Had me gripped from start to finish.
I loved the ending too. Can't wait to read more.
This is a must read and I would highly recommend t ...more
As soon as I read the blurb I knew I would enjoy this book.
Stella is a girl with ' Strange' power's..power of levitation, telekinesis and a strong wit and a brilliant sense of humour.
This book made me chuckle and kept me on the edge of my seat...quirky book that will make you smile. ...more
With so many people raving about this book I just wasn't sure what to expect but I think I was expecting to be let down. This was not the case! This went beyond my expectations.
The first line of the book "I was five when I discovered I could fly, sixteen when I killed a man. Both events were unsettling in their own way." had me intrigued straight away. I couldn't put it down and had it finished in two days.
Marilyn Messik done such a wonderful job writing this that it came to life ...more
The story is told from the london area which i know quiet well so i knew some of the places :)
Stella is from a Jewish family and discovers she can fly wish i could lol.
The book is written from stellas point of view she has a sense of humour to which made me laugh..But it was terrifying in other parts of the story....
This is book one of 3 books.....I enjoyed the book greatly well written ......
This review was originally posted on my book blog.
I’m not sure I’ve ever come across such a perfect book title! And that’s possibly because I haven’t read anything quite like Relatively Strange before. I struggle to describe it, but I think the best I can do is to use a Marvel analogy (and I appreciate I may lose those of you who have no interest in superhero comics or movies, sorry!). Imagine an X-Men character with all their amaz ...more
When her friend’s father tries to kill the friend and mother, Stella reacts using her strange abilities. The consequence triggers the equ ...more
The story follows the journey of Stella, a young Jewish girl who finds that she has 'strange' abilities /talents which grow and adapt and it looks at how these abilities affect not only Stella but those around her.
There are many humorous moments but the mood grows darker and takes a serious tone as we move through the story.
The writer shows her talent throughout with beautiful prose and incredibly well wr ...more
How wrong could I be? This is an extremely well written, richly drawn novel which can be read on all sorts of different levels.
It's an unusual style of writing but one which I enjoyed very much. There is a slow build up of the plot, allowing the reader to simply enjoy the beautiful pr ...more
If I could give 4.5 stars then I would! What I loved about this book is that it had the essence of a young adult book, magic, paranormal, even superhero-esque. However the difference is that the author gripped these concepts and dragged them firmly into an adult world, with a dark feel and complex characters. I was addicted to finding more and more out about Stella's abilities and reall ...more
I was initially drawn to this book due to its cover alone - i like an air of mystery. I soon found out this is not my usual genre and I am not sure what category it actually fits into - it is relatively a bit strange! ha ha - but in a good way!
This tells the story of Stella - a girl who can do things that are not normal - she sees things, is able to move things, can fly. She soon realises however this is not all it is cracked up to ...more
Marilyn Messik has created book full of believable characters who react in a realistic way and puts them into unreal situations. I feel a grea ...more
Relatively Strange is very well written with some sentences worth rere ...more
"It was clear I was different, but I was brought up to believe it was only that. Not better, not worse, just not exactly the same" this is how Stella describes herself - as being strange. This story was not about finding a murder or solving a puzzle. This was the story of Stella as told by her and how her abilities affected her and those around her. Marilyn has a unique way of telling Stella's story. I loved the writing style and when I ...more
Well this book is certainly strange! It is very different to the books that I usually read but the plot is not the highlight here, the prose is. It really is beautifully written.
I look forward to the sequel! :)
Stella is a child of the 1950's and I was shocked to discover that her school days weren't very different from mine in the 1970's. For pity's sake, for how many years did children suffer the boiled cabbage lunches and frog spawn tapioca and ...more
Set in England during the 1950s & 60s, we learn Stella's coming-of-age story. From the opening chapters about her deliciously nutty Jewish family, through her trials and tribulations with her burgeoning abilities, her involvement in a nefarious scientific study, and ultimate steps into young adulthood, Stella's voice is vivid, crisp, and hilarious.
The author does a lovely job of setting the tone, with the prose being slightly old-fa ...more