The year of the rat / Clare Furniss.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: London Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781471120275 (hbk.) :
The world can tip at any moment, a fact that 15-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother's death, Pearl's story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister - the 'rat' - is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around.
305 pages ; 23 cm
This book is about Pearl. A year of her life after tragically losing her mother and gaining a little sister 'The Rat'. I loved this book and cried when I finished it. This book deals with grief and so I had reservations as I find this can often be poorly written. However it was written beautifully, perfect for the age group (and older - I'm 23!). As someone who has some experience with grief I felt it really captured the essence of not only losing someone you love at that age but also the revelation of how "the world may tip at any moment". I know I had that moment of realising how fragile and uncertain life is during my teenage years and I think that is another reason this book will resonate so strongly with so many readers. I really enjoyed the writing. I had a few "THAT SPEAKS TO ME I NEED TO QUOTE IT" moments and got out my post-its. I really liked the characters, they felt very real, they developed well over the year the book is written and were perfectly imperfect. Especi
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