Meet Jesika, aged four and a half. The most extraordinary narrator of 2018.
She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn't draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that the...more
This story is told by a confused and vunerable child. By the time you realise what th ...more
The whole of Home is narrated by a four and a half year old character called Jesika. At first I found it so cute to read. The way Jesika spoke and her view of what’s going on around her was endearing. However, that amusement quickly wore off for me, as I started to imagine the life of poverty she was facing, living in poor conditions and struggling to eat enough food. ...more
Then mum gets some new ...more
In ‘Home’ Amanda Berriman manages to combine several things I have only the most tenuous tolerance for in literature and do it in such a way as to make me absolutely love the result. I generally dislike present tense narrative but I was halfway through the book before I even noticed it was in present tense – always a sign that the author is in full control and you as a reader are safe in her hands. I'm also not very fond of inadequate n ...more
Jesika Petrowski lives is a run-down, derelict apartment building. She lives with her Mummy, Tina, and her baby brother, Toby. Their flat is a damp, squalid plac ...more
Wow, what an emotional, but at times heartwarming, read! Told from the perspective of four year old Jesika, with everything seen through her eyes and conveyed in her lovely and oh-so-innocent voice, (pronunciation mistakes and all!), you really get a feel for what life in a disadvantaged family must be like for a young girl who doesn't understand how hard things really are for her mum.
There were times when I found Home really difficult to read, as often you kn ...more
Jesika lives with her mummy, Tina and her baby brother, Toby in a flat full of damp, mould, broken windows, cracks in the bath, unreliable heating and an unscrupulous landlord.
Jesika is the most adorable, insightful, excitable ...more
This story really makes you realise how lucky some of us are. We all have constant money worries but for Jesika's mum she really is on the bread line not knowing how she is going ...more
From literally the very first page I was hooked. The book is narrated by Jesika, a four year old who lives with her Mummy and little brother Toby after her Father moved to Poland, never to be heard from again. Jesika’s Mum is struggling with life, she doesn’t have enough money and ...more
I was gripped from the very first page. I thought it was expertly written and the author was ver ...more
Home will make you open your eyes to a child’s perspective of life and your actions towards them which I am sure we can all learn and relate to especially us parents. I fell in love with l ...more
I can only agree, a home is supposed to be all of the above, it's a happy place which is why it's probably so heartbreaking when you see that one or more of these conditions are broken. There's a lot going on in Jesika, Toby and their mum Tina's life ...more
Jesika is four and a half and lives with her mummy and brother, Toby. They live in a slum flat with mould and broken windows. Jesikas’ mum and brother are taken to the hospital and she is put into foster care.
Jesikas’ mum meets an old friend and her daughter and Jesika desperately wants to be Paige’s friend, but Paige is a frightened child who cannot express or tell anyone anything about the horrible games her uncle makes her play.
A story of modern-day poverty told ...more
I have now got to 31% in the book and I'm sorry to say that I'm going to stop reading. It's not just because of the topic either. I was really struggling with reading a book that is from the point of view of a 4 and a half year old. At first, I thought that it would be interesting and a bit of a personal challenge but Jesika just annoyed me.
I realise that I'm ve ...more
I say 'stress inducing' for I have NEVER felt such a need to plunge into the pages of a novel and pull out a character, save them from the unfolding plot, wrap them in my arms and keep them safe, warn them... it was hard to bear. Especially as a parent, and because the protagonist was also narrating, a little girl, even younger than that of 'Room'.
This might even top Room in my opinion, for its narration - Jack w ...more
This started as a bit of an annoying read, due to the ‘child voice’ narrating it—it wasn’t so easy for me to get into it. Jesika is a difficult narrator to contend with, in that, on top of being unreliable because she sees the world through her own filters, those filters are very much naïve and different from an adult’s. The way she perceives and interprets events wasn’t always easy to follow, and the fact that the words she used weren’t necess ...more
I couldn’t quite fathom how an adult could get into the mind of a child so young and use her voice to tell her story, but, by golly, she didn’t half do it well. You fall in love with Jesika right from the start: she has you in a vice-like grip from the beginning and within a very short time, you’re thinking, I don’t wa ...more
"Home" is Amanda Berriman's debut novel and I knew I want to read it as soon as I've received an email from NetGalley with a short extract from it. It is not the easiest book - storyline - wise - but it is also a read that will have you gripped and that won't let you go."Home" was not the easiest read. It made my stomach turn and I wanted to slap one of the characters with my bare hands. It was heart - breaking, probably because it was so close to reality, and I think the fact that the author ha ...more
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Disclaimer: Pre-release copy won in competition by Penguin Books.
Broken childhood stories are dime-a-dozen these days. Bookshops have entire walls devoted to them. So why should you care about Home by Amanda Berriman? What makes it any ...more
This is a STUNNING book. Not because it is a debut novel of amazing quality, or because it handles difficult social issues with sensitivity, but ...more
Does anyone know if double-sided tape will fix a broken heart? Asking for a friend....
Actually no, I'm not asking for a friend. I'm asking for myself because I still have absolutely no idea how to piece my heart back together after reading 'Home'. Now I'm not too sure whether my heart broke because the narrative was the voice of a four-year old girl, Jesika, or whether it was because the theme of the book is one that hi ...more
Cleverly told from a very young child’s perspective, this book is a brilliantly drawn description of the unseen struggle some families face in po ...more
Amanda Berriman has done a remarkable thing; to be able to view the world through the eyes of a young child and to share that view with the reader so that we feel as if we are actually looking through Jesika's eyes. My heart ...more
There were some very powerful moments in the book, particularly around the ‘revelation’, and I was undeniably gripped throughout the whole thing, I just kept being pulled out of the story a little by the phonetic spelling and the ...more