Sunday, March 16, 2014
Charli Reviews: Bird
Author: Crystal Chan
Publisher: Random House Children's UK
Date of Publication: February 2014
Source: For review via NetGalley
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I received a free copy of this book from Random House via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Random House and NetGalley!
Bird broke my heart, and it captivated me with it's astoundingly beautiful language, description and plotline. I don't think I can do it justice, because it was just so powerful and purely heart-breaking.
Jewel's brother, John, died on the day she was born. His grandad had nick-named him Bird, and he tried to fly off a cliff... Now, years on, when Jewel feels she is just an empty replacement, she meets a boy visiting his uncle - John.
The empathy I felt for Jewel was immense. My best friend, as close as a sister, died when I was 10- but I think anyone could feel that empathy regardless, for the emotions and thoughts were just so developed and detailed.
I loved the characters. John, her new friend, was ambitious, interesting and balanced Jewel out. Jewel, as she became more herself, had a beautiful, thoughtful personality. They were just formed so flawlessly.
I loved all the little things that made it all the more heart-rending; her going to Bird's cliff, where she met John. The element in which her family believed about spirits and duppies gave a mysterious air and that just gave it another unique edge.
Because of the many issues dealt with in this book, I had thought it would be quite heavy and overpowering. It wasn't; obviously it wasn't a light, easy read, but it was just beautiful.
I was so shocked to find out this was debut. I hadn't thought it was; because it's just so powerful. It seemed like Chan had written half a dozen novels before!
This book is just so poignant, and I can't fault this debut. I loved it so much and there was a lump in my throat all the way through it.