If you do not have this book on your TBR you need to add it right now.
This book commanded my attention for just 24 hours, I flew through it like an obsessed cat with catnip. I even read this book on the weekend that I had all my kids at the house which is unusual. I toggled back and forth from my phone and my Kindle depending on where I was. I could not stop reading this book. It kept sucking me back into its words and world.
This is the book that I will be recommending to everyone from this day forward and is my new favorite for 2018. The anticipation for this book was high for me which added to the happiness. (See my post on happiness here.) I had put this book on hold through Overdrive and kept checking the app to see how long I would have to wait. When the email notification came through I literally yelled in my bedroom from excitement! I was afraid I would be disappointed since the book has been so hyped but luckily this was not my experience. Many of the books lately I have been reading have not been as satisfying as I would have hoped when I cracked open the cover.
On Saturday morning I had gotten through the first 2 sections and then made myself go for a run. The entire time I was running I was thinking about the characters. I cannot remember the last book that impacted me this strongly.
So what makes this book so great? There is a magical quality about it. It is similar to the feeling I had when I read Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. I am constantly thinking about the characters and what happened to them. The main idea of knowing how much time a person has left and how they choose to live their life is a topic that warrants a lot of conversation. The writing is masterful. Not only is the story and characters intriguing but it is so well written that I feel I was transported into the narrative like I was into Narnia so many years ago.
The story centers around 4 siblings. Each section of the book focuses on one of the siblings. Each of the children are told the day they will die. The rest of the book is about the individual siblings and how they live their lives and what happens when the date they were told falls upon them.
Chloe Benjamin masterfully weaves the stories together to give you information about the entire family without it feelings disjointed or choppy. The story flows and is written in a way that just makes you want to keep reading.
This book makes you think. The narrative has so many different characters and perspectives that you become a better person reading it just from the empathy you gain.
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What are you excited to read next in your reading life? I would love to know!