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The Bone Sparrow

This book was horrible...in the best possible way. It's super easy to live in oblivion if you have a privileged life in Australia. The refugee crisis literally makes me feel ill. This book is all about refugees and asylum seekers and the horrendous way they're treated. It's pretty tough going. It also made me want to cry. SO THERE IS THAT. Why why why is our world so broken??? I just don't get it sometimes. There are people out there who are dying and being murdered and they ask for help and countries like Australia will be all "Um, no." This is so wrong.It is narrated by a younger kid (I think he's 10 years old?) so it sort of has a The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Anna and the Swallow Man feel. Subhi really doesn't understand everything that's going on so you, as the reader, have to piece things together too. Plus it's written in a very imaginative/ethereal way...nearly literary?? But I admit: I really like this style.The trope of having child narrators but heavy-topic-books is GREAT but I feel like so much detail gets missed or is referred to so so vaguely that it can be hard to follow.

I think it's a really poignant and incredible book about a story that NEEEDS TO BE TOLD. But the way it was told wasn't really working for my brain. I am all the sorry. Books like these are so needed to raise awareness . AND IT KIND OF BROKE MY SOUL AT THE END.

Posted on: 4th June 2017 at 05:02 pm

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