I really didn’t enjoy this book all that much. It wasn’t horrible, but it definitely wasn’t good either. My biggest problem was the dialogue, particularly with the junior high boys. Their speech was not what you would actually hear from real kids that age, and some of it was so repetitive. I give it 2.5 stars and as I reflect on the book and where it ended up, I still don’t see the point.
This was such a unique and interesting read. I didn’t know anything about it heading into the novel, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by the twist and turns it took. Henderson did a nice job mixing the emotions that come with death, mistakes in our lives, and what might happen in the afterlife. It was both mysterious and intriguing, while also sprinkling in a dash of humor here and there. I won’t give any spoilers away, but I recommend this book for a different and satisfying read.
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I didn’t know exactly what to expect heading into this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. Donoghue tells the story through the eyes of 5-year-old, Jack, and that is what truly makes this novel good. It’s the perfect mixture of heartache and redemption, with just enough twists to keep it unpredictable. I found myself constantly wanting to know what would happen next, even until the end. It’s not quite a 5-star novel, but a solid 4-stars, for sure.
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