Autumn Reading Challenge #5 – Home Review

Happy weekend everyone! With the cold weather setting in there is nothing better than wrapping up with a good book to devour. Here is my book review from my Autumn Reading Challenge list.

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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

Wow! Where do I start with this one? This is an emotional and heart wrenching book told from the POV of Jesika. I have read quite a few books that have centred around child issues and neglect but this is the first that I have read by a child of such a young age.

The author does a fantastic job with the dialogue and narration, making it feel like a genuine child is telling the story. I loved the spelling mistakes and the simplicity that the author has used. For me all of this made the story more emotional and powerful because you finally see these situations from a different pair of eyes. Whilst it was upsetting to read some of the scenes being described I couldn’t put the book down till I knew what would happen to Jesika and her family.

Although there are many sad and upsetting issues in this story you can’t help but love the community that Jesika has around her. When push comes to shove it is heart warming to see what her friends are prepared to do and these moments of positivity help to balance out the sadness in the story.

Have your tissues at the ready and be prepared to be blown away by Jesika’s story. This 5* read is definitely worth picking up.

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