12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Original & Funny,
By A Customer
This review is from: Look The World In The Eye (Paperback)
I loved this book!
The book stars two sisters - Katie and Bells. Bells wasn't born "perfect" and the story charts how their relationship changes when Katie is asked to have Bells to stay.
The characterisation of Bells, who was born with a disability, is done beautifully. Bells is no disabled character cliché thrown into the story to make the other characters look good (in their handling of her). She is the book's star. Alice Peterson has drawn a complex and real character in Bells, whose disability does not define her personality.
At the outset of the book, the "perfect" sister Katie appears to, rather annoyingly, have it all but this is not the case. Having never come to terms with her sister's disability and having been jealous of the time her parents have spent with Bells, the story develops as Katie's relationship with her sister deepens and she begins to learn what's really important in life.
There's lots more going on too. The dialogue is excellent and there are some very funny moments that I could relate to. The character Sam (Katie's flash boyfriend) is a real hoot, who I ended up liking enormously despite first impressions.
This book took me by surprise. It has a depth to it that isn't immediately obvious when you look at the cover or its genre. I wish more books were like this.