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Asma, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Rebound

'Rebound' is the first book I have read which is entirely set out in verse. I was not sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the poetry communicated strong emotions in a way that prose does not.
It follows Charlie ('Chuck') as he struggles to contend with his father's death at such a young age. The relationship between the bereaved widow and her son is often frictious as they try to understand each other's grief. When she makes the decision for Charlie to stay with his grandparents over the summer, he is not particularly keen to go but finds a release in basketball and in his loving but strict grandparents. He also learns to understand that he is not the only one that is hurting in the aftermath of his father's death, and to live with it and connect with him even though he is gone.
'Rebound' is incredibly moving. Charlie's ability to discover something he loves in an impossible situation is inspiring, and it is not a book I will forget soon. I am also looking forward to reading the next two books in the series, which I am sure will be just as emotionally moving as this one was.

Posted on: 1st April 2019 at 08:46 pm

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