I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for the amazing Home by Amanda Berriman today. This is such a special and important book that I think everyone needs to read.
Home is published tomorrow on the 8th February 2018 and is available to buy here.
Jesika is four and a half.
She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.
This is such an incredible book. So emotional and thought provoking, it will definitely be one that stays with me and one that I continue to think about.
Firstly I loved Jesika and I enjoyed reading about the games she played and how she thought. The author works as a primary school teacher so a lot of these descriptions are very accurate and ones that I recognised from my own kids. This made the book feel al the more real to me and a lot more emotional. I felt very sorry for her at times as she reminded me of my eldest with her curiosity and I felt bad as like Tina I don’t always have time to appreciate of accommodate this. Her innocence adds a very poignant edge to the story as she doesn’t understand the seriousness of what is happening and what she is observing.
I also felt a lot of sympathy for Tina and the situation she finds herself in. She is obviously struggling but is trying to make the most of a bad situation. She obviously loves her kids but is sometimes too stressed or busy to appreciate them properly, something I know all mother’s do at times. The neighbours who are willing to help Tina and her family was so lovely to read about and I had a tear in my eye as i read about how they all rally around Tina and help her when she is in need. I wish there were more people like this around.
The story is a heartbreaking one and covers some quite difficult subjects making it quite a hard, emotional read at times. This is particularly true as it is told from a child’s point of view and highlights how innocent children are. It also shows how abuse could not be discovered as children don’t realise what is happening and the gravity of it. It took me a little while to get used to the writing as Jesika’s speech is a little disjointed and she is speaking as you would expect a child to talk which is difficult to follow at times- so quite realistic!
This is a very thought provoking book as it really causes you to challenge how you may think or act. I will definetly be trying not to judge others and be more patient with my kids. There were parts of this book that just made me want to put it down and hug my kids, even when they were sleeping as it really got under my skin.
Its hard to believe this is Amanda’s debut novel as she writes with such confidence on a difficult subject and I definetly look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Huge thanks to Sophie Christopher and Transworld for my copy of this book and to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour.
About The Author:
Mandy was born in Germany and grew up in Edinburgh, reading books, playing music, writing stories and climbing hills. She works as a primary school teacher and lives on the edge of the Peak District with her husband, two children and dogs.
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