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Kya, St Helen and St Katharine


Firstly this is a very cleverly written book, annoyingly it did take a long time to get into the story but that is probably because it is very hard to write in rhyme. It is a believable plot with realistic relationships that is consistent throughout and doesn't jump around too much. I enjoy the style but sometimes I got confused because it is set in America and the author uses American terms. Kwame creates a really clear mood throughout the book especially near the beginning when Charlie Bell the narrator and main character is mourning the terrible loss of his father. You really feel his frustration and sadness and his difficulty in relating to his mother and friends. The story is about healing, developing and mending relationships. The author also added a number of basketball cartoons in the book which helped you picture what was going on in Charlie’s head. The author also uses some unusual words that I had never heard of before, like lugubrious which means looking sad or dismal!
My favourite character is CJ (a.k.a. Crystal) I really liked her because she had a know-it-all attitude and she owned it. I also liked Grandaddy (Charlie Bell’s grandpa) though at first I did not take to him at all, because he is extremely bossy and headstrong. As the story unfolds he turned out not to be so bad after all. The ending of the book came abruptly and I felt it could have done with a couple more chapters before it jumped ahead in time to the present day. I would also like to have found out what happened to Grandaddy, Grandma and Charlie’s mother.
All said and done I enjoyed this book, even though I would never choose this book myself. The writing is amazing but just finishes a little bit too soon so I award this book 7.5 out of 10.

Posted on: 23rd April 2019 at 09:32 am

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