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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  121 reviews
`Child experts will tell you that I'm way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?' Who is Bobby Seed? He's just your average sixteen-year-old - same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there's the Bobby Seed who's a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum's ba ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA (first published June 14th 2018)
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Dannii Elle
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bobby Seed is your average sixteen-year-old boy. His worries include relationship drama, school worries, and concerns over his future profession. They also include whether his little brother has a clean school uniform to wear to school and whether his mother will be able to leave her bedroom at all today. For whilst Bobby Seed is an average individual his role as carer to his family also means, as much as he would like it to be true, his concerns often are not.

Initially I found that whilst the s
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Oh this is such a charged book. So many things to think about and process. Bobby Seed is a 17 year old boy dealing with far too much. There is his mum, dying of MS, his handful of a younger brother Dan who doesn't really understand what is happening to their mum and Bel, friendzoned when she doesn't want to be and helping Bobby shoulder responsibility out of the goodness of her heart. All this responsibility is wearing for Bobby, a mum who can't look after either him or his brother and all the d ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

So in this story we follow Bobby, who is a young carer. His mother is dying of MS and his brother is not exactly an angel. In this story we take on Bobby's perspective on sexuality, young carers and assisted suicide.

I thought this book was very well written and very realistic. The reason I couldn't rate it higher was because of my own enjoyment, I rate
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[ARC Copy]

I am so glad I picked up this book. It is so, so important. Being a young carer was not easy for the MC, Bobby Seed. This book helps you to understand his situation, how he felt and it's very genuine.

This book to me was very focused. The author knew what he wanted to write and the message was very clear. The writing style was easy to follow. The characters were all significant, especially Lou. He was pressing Bobby, influencing him. To me, he was like this perfect 'evil voice' that kep
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I feel the weight of its thousand feathers pressing, pressing, pressing me down."

4.5 stars.
Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy to review.

"There've been loads of days when she's too shattered to laugh, too sore to speak. But I know I'll miss these moments. Give me misery over nothing any day."

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers is a heartbreaking and emotional story about a teenage boy who should be spending his time doing school work and hanging out with his friends, but
Yolanda Sfetsos
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This is a surprise YA book I received from Bloomsbury Australia and didn't know anything about. But as soon as I picked it up, I got swept up in all of the emotion.

Bobby Seed is an average teenager going through the same stuff as other guys. Except, he's not so average. He might be young, but he's not carefree. His mum is sick, so he's a carer. And then, there's his younger brother. And cleaning, washing, dusting. Not to mention homework and tests.

At least he's got a trusty best friend in Bel. S
Clair Sharpe
Bobby Seed is a 17-year-old boy who has the enormous burden of being the carer for his mum who has MS. We join his life as she is starting to get much worse and is essentially bed bound. Bobby has to feed her, wash her, help her to the toilet, try to sooth her pain and look after the house, all while trying to lead a normal teenage life and go to school.
He also cares for his 14-year-old brother Danny, who has learning difficulties. He doesn’t have many friends or do the normal teenage stuff boys
Eve beinguniquebooks
Bobby is a boy with a lot on his mind, getting his mum her pills and aiding her around their home as well as looking after his brother, Danny a few years younger than his seventeen, too.

He has a good friend in Bel whom fancies him but nonetheless stays his best friend and helps watch over his mum while he goes to young carer meetings.

It's at the young carer meetings he has the chance of a break, a short holiday whilst also making friends with other young careers including Lou a boy he has strong
Kerran Olson
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is a really intense, thought provoking book. Bobby has a very distinct voice, and I loved his interactions with Bel and Danny. I liked the writing style, it was full of dry humour and Scottish slang, and it made me feel really close to Bobby as a character. I didn't love Lou, I just couldn't get a read on him and his role in the story was a bit convenient and then towards the end I felt like a lot of aspects of his character and his motivations weren't explained and he was just a bit of a c ...more
Review to come.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, arc-s
"MS is a slow burner. It waxes, wanes, skips along. Sometimes I wish she had the Big C instead; at least the Big C can be found, fought and defeated. Let's leave it at that".

This book blew my mind. Family is everything, and until you're looking at the fear in the face of someone you love who knows their time is up, you just can't know that feeling. There is nothing more painful than watching someone you love suffer. And if they asked you to take that suffering away, could you help?

Bobby has wat
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a five star story with two star writing.
Ella Edwards
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, so good, absolutely loved it. Extremely sad but such a good story. Highly recommend.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

This was close to a 5 star book, but I couldn't get over one of the interactions between two main characters. I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it, but there was a pretty significant interaction between two major characters, that should serve as some sort of turning point, and it just fizzles. There isn't any real resolution to it and no e
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have to warn you that this is perhaps one of the saddest books in YA that we have ever read. Having said that, we loved it! Bobby Seed is a wonderful, funny, nuanced character, but a boy who also has so much to bear. Not only does he have to cope with the normal trials of teen life and relationships, but he is the carer for his mum whose health is rapidly deteriorating and his younger brother. The great strength of this novel is the representation of heartwarming relationships. Bobby and his ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'The Weight of a Thousand Feathers' is Brian Conaghan's fourth novel and winner of the 2018 Irish book award for Teen and YA Book of the Year. It's the story of teenager Bobby Seed, who is your average 16 year old, apart from the fact that he is a carer to his Mum and also looks after his younger brother Danny. Bobby's mother has MS and is dependant on him for her care. He has to cook, clean and basically do everything for her.

I haven't read any YA books before that are told from the point of v
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm so happy rn but unfortunately, the book I am talking 'bout in this post is far from anything happy.
The story is something you don't come across usually.
With a 17 y/o boy, Bobby Seed as the protagonist, the novel began with the couldn't-care-less vibes of a teenager but gradually transformed into something unimaginable to the common mass.
Bobby Seed isn't your average teenager. He is a 'carer'. He has to look after his mother who suffers from MS (Multiple Sclerosis - a disease where your ow
Lexi // libraryoflexi
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

High 3.5 stars. I’m a bit torn because the first half of this book had me hooked. But the last half kind of dropped the ball a bit for me and I no longer felt a connection to the characters.
I mean I never liked Lou but I don’t think we were supposed too. PUNCH HIM. DO IT.
I kinda wanted more Bel. Can we have a book about her now please? <3
Bobby.. oh Bobby.. what a confused, and glorious boy you could have been.
Jessica Gilham
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This book made me ugly cry.
And when I say ugly cry, I mean cry my absolute heart out. I think this book tops the saddest-books list. I knew it was gonna rip my heart out, but I didn’t realise it was gonna hurt this much.
I guess I sort of thought it was gonna be mildly sad, like the mild Peri-Peri sauce you get at Nandos that is supposedly quite hot but just makes your throat feel a little tingly. And to be totally honest, I didn’t really pay attention to what this book was about before
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Bloomsbury for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is an emotional hammer that really hits hard. Bobby is responsible for far too much and is doing everything he can to hold on. Seeing him go through that, you can't help but want his life to improve and to see his family get better. Between the failing mom and the apparent cluelessness about his best friend Bel being in love with him, you can see ho
The Weight of a Thousand Feathers is centred around being a young carer, navigating teenage life, sexuality and relationships, whilst carrying the massive burden of caring for a sick relative. It’s utterly heartbreaking at times, and extremely moving at others. There were some seriously strong supporting characters, the most precious of which is the sick mum, who’s humour kept me laughing until the final page. Not to mention the most supportive friend ever, Bel, who we didn’t get enough of!

Karen Barber
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An emotionally-charged read that poses some difficult questions.
Bobby is almost eighteen. Technically still a child, but for years he’s been a young carer. Day in day out he is focused on ensuring the family eat, that his younger brother’s homework is done and that his mum’s taken her medication. He recognises he has more on his shoulders than many teens, but he is quick to point out the love he has for his mum and his willingness to do this to try and improve her quality of life.
Sadly, the trut
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We bought this book for our secondary school library because it deals with a teenage carer and voluntary euthanasia - none of our other YA books feature these social issues together (as far as we know). It is a powerful story of 17 year old Bobby who is caring for his mother who has terminal MS and his little brother who has ASD. The author successfully conveys the deep love and responsibility that Bobby feels for his mother and brother and this is what helps make the book compelling. I found th ...more
This book follows Bobby who is a young carer for his mother who has MS. She asks him to help end her suffering.

I picked up this book as the although I have watched TV shows and films that deal that with this topic I don't believe any books that focus on this. I thought that the plot felt very realistic. I think this is quite a powerful read that deals with a difficult topic and makes you think.

Despite this, I didn't really like the characters in this book. I am not sure whether the character o
Janay Brazier
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's taken me almost a month to finish this book because I found it really difficult to read at times. It’s such an emotional read and there were a couple of occasions (especially nearer the end) that made me feel really panicky and really teary. It’s a brilliantly written book and it’s so unique, I’ve never read anything with a plot like this. The family bonds within this story are truly incredible. I just can’t stop thinking about it. I recommend you read this once it’s released. Thank you to ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry
What an emotional roller-coaster this one was, I'm so glad I read it from the Carnegie longlist.

Bobby's Mum has MS and he is her carer. He balances school/caring/looking after his younger brother. Bobby is incredible, I loved his relationship with his mum and younger brother. The book was raw, powerful, sad, emotional and very sweary sweary. It felt real. Even towards the end I wasn't sure how the book was going to end.

The only part which I wish had happened, was an honest conversation between B
Laura Trenham
This book was quite emotionally charged, following the story of a 17 year old boy and his mother who is dying of MS. I felt like it covered lots of topics: a parent with illness, the children as carers, possible ASD representation and questioning of sexuality. Do I think these were done particularly well? No, I don’t. I feel like the author should have maybe toyed with them in depth a bit more rather than trying to pack so much in and not develop it well enough.
But it was written in such a raw
sabrina (thereaderdevotee)
Pretty surprising that this book does not get any hype or publicity it deserves so well. This heart-rending and emotional story is definitely special and important for young readers to enjoy.

Read my review at:

Thank you Pansing Books for providing me this ARC in exchange of an honest review!
E. Mellyberry
A wonderful, uplifting story about family and its unconditional love. The book is pure heart. I can't form a coherent thought after reading it. It's just, my heart is so full and I haven't stopped crying and smiling since page 20. A beautiful, beautiful story. Please read it, guys.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crying my eyes out.
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Brian Conaghan was born in 1971. He was raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives and works as a teacher in Dublin. He is the author of The Boy Who Made It Rain and has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow.

His second novel When Mr Dog Bites was shortlisted for both the 2015 Carnegie Medal and the Children's Book Award Ireland, while his novel, The B