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Paige, St Augustines Catholic College

The Bone Sparrow

Wow, it’s been a full 10 minutes since I finished reading this book, and I’m still speechless, trying to find words to describe this amazing story! It’s so good, I’m still grasping at words, trying to find the right combination to match what I feel for this book. I’m still having trouble since the sentences above don’t make much sense. I’m trying to focus, but it’s extremely difficult. Okay, I think I’m better now, so I’ll tell you about the spectacular book now!
The story is very emotional, telling the story of both Subhi and Jimmie, as they meet multiple times in an Immigration detention centre. The problem? Jimmie isn’t actually from the Centre, but in fact from the Outside, the world people inside of the centre only dream of living in.
Both Subhi and Jimmie need each other. Subhi needs her to tell him about the Outside, and to make him feel important. Jimmie needs Subhi to read her mother’s book, and allow her to relive her childhood memories of her deceased mother.
This story is based on real-life, which makes all the sad moments especially emotional ones. For example, the book goes into great detail at one point about everyone in the Immigration getting ill, going to great lengths to make the readers picture the sick splattered all over the floor, mixed in with water, sopping all over everyone who doesn’t have shoes’ feet. Except the Jackets (they are basically the people who run the place, and ‘take care’ of the people living there), who wear masks, and try to wash the sick into another section of the centre. How they take care of the people? They don’t.
Throughout the book it’s been consistently shown that no-one cares about the people living in the Centre, and that they’re just a nuisance. This makes the fact that the book’s based on real-life even more heart-breaking.
The proof that no-one cares? The ending is proof of that. It may seem happy, with Jimmie being okay from a near-death experience, and her and Subhi meeting a lot to chat. Subhi getting over his best friend’s death, and telling the story to a (police officer? It’s never actually explained…) person who’s probably going to help them but the fact is – not much changes. They are still living in the Centre, with Beaver, the scary Jacket who abuses all the children like Subhi, they still are living in bad quality, and even if things do eventually change for the better, no-one knows whether it will stay that way.
But, this is a good ending. As I’ve said before, sad endings don’t have to be bad endings. This book is probably my new favourite out of the Carnegie list!
Though I’ve spoken for a while, so I’ll just end it by recommending this book to everyone, but also mentioning, that there’s a lot of emotional scenes, so be warned. There will probably be some crying. Enjoy!

Posted on: 4th June 2017 at 09:37 am

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