How did I get it?:
Net galley- Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing.
Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.
The Weight of Water is about a twelve year old Polish called Kasienka who moves to the UK with her Mother when her Father runs away with another woman. Life changes completely for Kasienka. It’s not easy at school where she becomes subject to prejudice and bullying. She’s stuck in a one bedroom studio flat with her mum in Coventry, without her friends and family close by.
This is the first time I have read a book that is written entirely in verse. At first, I found it quite stilted, but once I got used to reading in verse, I enjoyed it. Some of the poems were particularly beautiful. Using verse was an interesting way to understand how the character was feeling. I felt that it gave Kasienka a powerful voice.
The Weight Of Water is very easy to read and quick read which could easily be read in one sitting. Throughout, I felt engrossed in the story. The only thing I would say is that it despite the issues of bullying, prejudice and immigration it didn’t feel like the book had as much depth as I would’ve expected.
Would I recommend it?:
After The Fall- Charity Norman