4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Touching and beautifully written book - amazing debut novel!,
This review is from: Stones (Kindle Edition)
ARC - thanks to Netgally.com
`Stones' is a book about a teenage girl called Coo, in the months following the death of her alcoholic brother. It deals with her grief, her guilt about wishing him dead and her resentment towards her parents who allowed him to bully her and in a way ignored her needs and feelings during his difficult life.
I loved the way this book was written, the setting descriptions were amazing, particularly about the beach, the sea and the shops in Brighton. Coo's voice also feels really real, she is unsure about everything but that doesn't make her muddled and her feelings towards her friend Joe and the alcoholic tramp - Banks - that she befriends are perfectly teenage without being childish.
The relationship she develops with Banks is really touching and the ending, whilst sad and thought provoking, makes the book a really grown up read for YA.
As with all great books I was sad when it finished, and I have carried the characters with me all day.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults alike. A great new author - I will be looking out for future works by Polly Johnson.