Monday, 18 July 2016

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

I've been undecided between giving this book three stars or just two: for one side, giving it two stars doesn't feel right, on the other, I don't think I'll ever read it again. But I think this was mostly a case of "it's not you book, it is me".
The main character is a precocious child of eleven, who is suffering from depression and anxiety among other things. But she doesn't have a name for that, and she doesn't know how to deal with it, so she creates this magical place to which she escapes.
I've suffered from anxiety all my life and my way of dealing with it, was just to ignore it, so having to "listen" to Finley go over and over about what she was feeling started to stress me out. There were moments in which I just I didn't want to pick this book any more... but as you can see, that's my problem.
Do I think this will help kids who are going through what Finley is?
Yeah, maybe. For some, it probably won't work, but for the majority it will probably help them, and for that alone this book deserves all the stars.
Myself, I had some trouble going from "real life" moments to the parts in which Finley would enter her magical world (basically the magical realism part didn't work out for me). But I am 37 and cranky.
Even so, there were moments in which this book got me in tears, like (SPOILER) when we find out that the grandmother has cancer . The same happened with my maternal grandmother, and I still haven't got over deal it.
Then there was the dynamics surrounding Finley's family who mostly felt too Dysneylike for me.
But then there are times in which I think I had been better of raised by wolfs... so...

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