Probably the best book I've read this year,
This review is from: Tell the Wolves I'm Home (Paperback)
June’s favourite person is her Uncle Finn. When her uncle dies of AIDS, she has the chance to find out more about him from the mysterious man who she has been told killed him, his boyfriend Toby.
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything as good as this! It’s a very powerful and moving story with so many important themes: feeling connected to someone, sisterly rivalry and sisterly love, selfishness, redemption, and above all, dealing with grief. June learns to love for the first time and learns that it’s not as we want it to be: there are disappointments and things that are just unbelievably unfair, but that’s what makes it perfect.
The characters were all very strong in this book, and my favourite character was Greta. Greta is June’s sister who at first seemed so spiteful through June’s eyes. You could feel that June was almost afraid to be around Greta, never sure what she would do next. Greta’s behaviour turns self-destructive and we start to realise that she’s all alone; her uncle has died, her sister is out having a secret friendship, and her parents are always out. We start to identify with her just as strongly as we do for June.
If there is one thing that this book does well, its complex relationships! It’s about all the different ways we can connect with one another and what is right and acceptable for two people to be to each other. June and Toby’s relationship isn’t acceptable but they both need it and they both work hard at it. Through grief they connect and build such a beautiful relationship.
This book reminds us how important it is to cherish the ones we love. It’s a beautiful, touching and unique read.