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Grief Angels

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  19 reviews
15-year-old Owen Marlow is experiencing a great, disorienting loss after his father suddenly passed away and his mother moved them to a new town. None of his old friends knew how to confront his grief, so he's given up on trying to make new ones. There is one guy at school who might prove to be different if he gives him a chance but lately, Owen has been overwhelmed by his ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2020 by Atom
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5-3 stars

Let me preface this review by saying that I really felt drawn to this book and its themes of grief. I have a professional and research interest in grief and for me this means that my mind is open, I respect utterly how people grieve according to their individualised needs and nature. I am sad this didnt work for me in some aspects.

GRIEF ANGELS is an unusual read in many way, I truly appreciated this story that took young adult male friendships, didnt sexualise them and realistically
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent the arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This is different from the books I normally read since I don't read much contemporary but hearing about the short fantasy parts in Owen's POV made me more interested in reading it. However I ended up enjoying the contemporary parts more since they focused more on Duncan and I connected better with him than Owen. I could relate to his growing feeling of isolation from friends he's had since childhood. I felt those
Karen Barber
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grief Angels is an unusual read that blends a contemporary story with what can best be described as magical elements. It doesnt surprise me that Owen mentioned Skellig in his Afterword, as there were some definite similarities between the two stories.
The story focuses on a fairly small cast of teenage boys. Four have been friends forever, but we see the pressures that can be put on a friendship over time. The main character, Duncan, has been treated for depression for the last year but has told
Liz Hyder
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, it blew me away! Truly extraordinary and original and utterly gobsmackingly brilliant. I felt elated, heartbroken and uplifted by the beauty of it. Raw and written from the heart, its a phenomenal read but also deals elegantly and effortlessly with issues of grief, guilt, mental health and depression.
A different exploration of grief interspersed with an authentic depiction of teenage male friendships. Immersive

(Last book of 2019)
Amy Rush Da Silva
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I am really interested in reading books that feature the topic of mental health, especially in YA. So, when I heard about David Owens new release Grief Angels, I knew I had to read it. This sounded like a read that would take a different approach to the topic of mental health and I was intrigued.

The story focuses on two teenage boys Owen and Duncan. Owen is the new boy at school, after moving due to the death of his dad. Overwhelmed by his grief Owen starts t have hallucinations of strange birds
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding narrative on grief and friendship.

This book had me gripped from the very beginning. I absolutely loved the perspective of the teenage boys; David Owen really brought these characters to life and I was so engrossed in their stories that I struggled to put it down. Despite the very sensitive subject matter, this book had me laughing out loud at the sarcasm and wit of the young people within its pages. It was so refreshing to read something so un-romantic but truly lovely. I wonder
Jo McKenna-Aspell
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is unsettling and uplifting in equal measures.

I started the book wanting to know more about what was happening to Owen and feeling that I was owed a clearer understanding of the multiple narratives. Its a bit like high-fantasy in that youre dumped straight into Owens realities without much pre-amble. So I spent a few chapters feeling lost and putting it down in favour of other current reads. That said, David Owen was right. By the end of the novel, I appreciated his structural and
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, unmissable book. The exploration of Owens grief foe his father through the fantasy sequences is compelling, but for me the joy of the novel is in the narrative around the friendship between Owen and Duncan, and Duncans established teenage friendship group. The dialogue between the friends is often extremely funny, but the dynamic between the teenage boys is deftly and sensitively explored. I have enjoyed Davids three previous novels, but this is the most perceptive, the deepest and ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A wonderful read, so funny and emotional, a great insight into young men, communication, grief and depression. Such a wonderful story that stays with you long after you finish reading it. Its so well written, I loved the writing style so beautiful and poetic, the characters are so well developed and relatable, this book is a pleasure to read. My first book by David Owen but definitely wont be my last

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Karla Brading
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Owen creates an array of deeply complicated and very real characters, suffering often taboo issues in young males today. The story was interwoven with poignant fantastical elements, but it was the reality of broken friendships, being at peace with change and finding the courage to be honest that spoke to me. A brilliant slice of YA for any reader.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a brilliant story that I loved.
It's poignant, full of emotions and you cannot help loving the characters and feeling for them.
I was attracted by the fantasy aspects but I found myself involved in the "real" story and loved what I read.
An excellent and moving read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book of two parts, with the majority dealing with the social pressures for teenage boys to be a certain way and of growing out of friendships. This is excellently done and I don't think there are enough books like this. I didn't care at all for the supernatural part, much in the same way I felt about Patrick Ness's Release.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A raw, compelling and heartfelt read, that compels you to keep turning the page. The delicate subject matter is handled beautifully by the author who has crafted a novel which is something everyone should read no matter how recently or long ago you lost a loved one.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Thank you for providing an early copy of this thought provoking read. What a unique book about how everyone deals with grief.
Charlotte Burns
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the most beautiful exploration of grief I've ever read. I loved the combination of the real world and the boys struggling to navigate their friendships and the fantasy world where Owen is trying to put the pieces of himself back together. This book broke my heart.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is a powerful, moving book about grief and finding yourself that I really enjoyed.

The writing in this book instantly captivated me, it was beautiful and lyrical with real heart. The imagery he uses is haunting and incredibly striking. The way Owen plays with language is delightful to watch and provides all sorts of interesting ideas on the page.

At the core of the book is the dual narrative of Duncan and Owen, two troubled teenage boys trying to navigate the world. Owen has a real talent for
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of David Owen and have read all three of his YA novels, he deserves to be much more widely read/known. This latest novel is both similar and different to what he has produced before, focusing on teen alienation and more specifically the inability of teenage boys to open up about their feelings. "Grief Angels" is told via a duel narrative - 15 year old Owen Marlow's father has recently passed away, looking for a fresh start his mother moves the family to a new town. In this new ...more
Hannah-lynette Hunter
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book actually couldnt have come at a better time for me. Having lost my father only a month ago, I was expecting some emotional connection to the situation and the characters. However, I wasnt expecting to feel as if my own thoughts and feelings were being presented.
The themes that Grief Angels covers are all envelopes within a beautiful fantasy element that will enchant any reader and having a duel narrative will give those within experience of death a multi-layered approach to empathy.
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