Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Charli Reviews: The Year of the Rat
Author: Clare Furniss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: April 2014
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
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I received a free copy of this book from S&S via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you S&S and NetGalley!
I read this book one evening and it was beautiful. It's poignant and heartfelt; and I absolutely adored it. This book is so emotional and I almost found myself crying - something I have never done at a book.
I felt so much empathy for Pearl; for her loss and then taking that hatred out on something close to her loss. You would normally hate a protagonist like Pearl; call them bratty, spoilt, but it's not the same situation for Pearl. Furniss lays out her characters amazingly and my heart reached for the whole family.
The concept of her mum visiting her was beautiful, too, and I became so emotionally invested in the story. I loved the idea of our lost loved ones shadowing us, helping us to do right and telling us when we need a bit of a push to go on with life.
I don't think I've ever felt for a character more than I have for Pearl. I just wanted to hug her continually, I wanted to run to a teacher and tell them to help her, I just wanted to do something. Furniss has written a stunning debut that will stay with you for a long time.