Y

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How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:

‘My life begins at the Y…’ Abandoned as a newborn at the doors of the local YMCA and then bounced between foster homes, Shannon eventually finds stability in the home of Miranda, a single mother with a daughter of her own. But as Shannon grows, so do her questions. Will she ever belong? Who is her true family? And why would her parents abandon Shannon on the day she was born?

The answers lie in the heartrending tale of her mother, a headstrong young woman trapped in a series of events that will change her life forever.

Thoughts:

This book is the first of 11 debut novels from authors that Waterstones have selected to showcase writers with great promise. I was really excited to read this book from the synopsis, but I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed by it. This is a difficult review to write because I really did want to enjoy it and there’s no denying that Majorie Celona is a talented writer.

The writing was good and easy to read and the characters were strong and interesting. Majorie Celona’s descriptions are wonderful. It’s a very original plot which is why I think it excited me to begin with. I think my problem with this book was the narrative. It’s told by Shannon, the girl who was abandoned, but in-between the reader learns (through third person depictions) about Shannon’s real parents lives up to the abandonment. I think this is what made it feel jarred to me. I preferred to read it from the present day and Shannon’s point of view as the split in narrative just didn’t seem to fit together seamlessly.

It’s not an easy story to read because it is incredibly bleak. Nothing seems to go right for Shannon, and even when something slightly positive happens, then something else bad seems to come along. I did enjoy the story nearer the end which I won’t spoil for those that haven’t read it, but to me, this part was the most touching.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday's is hosted by Should Be Reading. Click on the link to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Should Be Reading. Click on the link to get to her blog!

This blog hop asks 3 questions:

  1.  What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I thought I’d join in! Click on the images of the books to find the descriptions on Amazon!

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What are you currently reading?

Y by Marjorie Celona. This book is one of the Waterstones 11. 11 novels have been selected as the most promising debut books of the year. I started reading it late last night and so far so good. It’s fairly short at just under 300 pages so I think I’ll be finishing it soon!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Speechless by Hannah Harrington which is another short read. I really liked the message this book was portraying. It had characters that took a while to grow on me, but on the other hand some awesome secondary characters. You can check out my review HERE

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up for me is Sister Assassin. I’m really looking forward to reading this one as I’ve heard such mixed opinions on it!

Feel free to join in with this too!