Thanks, Kacy, for an absorbing book. It kept my attention to the end.
It was realistic and scientifically accurate and to that extent I found it fascinating. However, the best quality of the book, in my opinion, was the tone, the voice, in which it was written. It had clear and simple, quiet, intimate, conversational style. Straight away, with no fuss, I was invited into the world of Greta, Jack, Charley, and above all of Nell, the narrator, and her Mum. What happened with Mantha and Jess was told in straightforward, well controlled narrative in which the weight of the emotion ebbed and flowed. On occasions the emotion was full and heavy, chokingly poignant, but the narrative carried on, calmly and serenely looking reality steadily in the face. Life is cruel as well as beautiful, and both aspects were conveyed. What happened was an emotional bath for an eleven-year-old, but told with a calm maturity. I liked the bleakness of the ending: it was real and it was true. Thanks, Kacy.