Sunday, 29 June 2014

After Iris: The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby by Natasha Farrant review!

Here's what it says on Goodreads:

Blue Gadsby’s twin sister, Iris, died three years ago and her family has never been the same. Her histrionic older sister, Flora, changes her hair color daily; her younger siblings, Jasmine and Twig, are completely obsessed with their pet rats; and both of her parents spend weeks away from home–and each other. Enter Zoran the Bosnian male au pair and Joss the troublemaking boy next door, and life for the Gadsby family takes a turn for the even more chaotic. Blue poignantly captures her family’s trials and tribulations from fragmented to fully dysfunctional to ultimately reunited, in a sequence of film transcripts and diary entries that will make you cry, laugh, and give thanks for the gift of families.

With the charm of The Penderwicks and the poignancy of When You Reach Me, Natasha Farrant's After Iris is a story that will stay with readers long after the last page.

I love this book! That's how I'm going to start this review. I LOVE IT. It's so heartfelt, so original and so well told that I know this is a book that's going to be with me forever. 

Every single character is so real, I can't pick a favourite! Never before have I read a book that has touched me in so many ways than this, and never have I been so connected to every character in this book, you know were Iris and her family are coming from, you understand and it makes you love your family even more. I could read about this kooky, real, awesome family forever.

I wish I could buy every one of you a copy, because everyone should read it. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you won't want to stop reading until it's over. And when it is, you'll be so glad that there's a sequel! I know I am - I can't wait to read it either. I've never had a story make me cry so much! I am in constant awe on Natasha Farrant's great skill at storytelling. May she forever keep on writing books! :)

Not only do I love the characters in this books and the story that is told... but I also love how the story is told. Natasha Farrant is amazing, because she's set this book out in film transcripts and diary entries. This not only makes reading the book that much more interesting and draws you into the story even more. But it also adds more depth to Iris, the main character, and I just really love how Natasha set out this book. It's so great! I could ramble on about how much I love it all day (especially the film transcripts and what that adds to the story!). 

But don't worry, I won't! I'll just tell you that this is a poignant, real and really awesome story. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT, OKAY? Get it on amazon, or at your local library or bookshop asap, please!

I'm going to give After Iris 9/10 because it was one of my favourite books published last year. I can't wait to get the sequel!

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