Aussie Author Challenge Book Reviews

Book Review: Faces in the Clouds

…by Matt Nable.Meet Stephen and Lawrence Kennedy. Twins. Born and brought up in the army barracks with their dad Sargent Terry Kennedy and god-fearing mother, Leila Kennedy. Although they are twins, they couldn’t be more different. Lawrence is intellectually disabled while Stephen is not. Stephen tries to battle with his thoughts about resenting some of Lawrence’s behaviour while at the same time loving his brother very much. On the whole though, these two boys enjoy their lives in the barracks with their friends, particularly Katie Monahan and Johnny Birch.

However, their worlds are turned upside down when their parents die in a car crash and both Stephen and Lawrence are sent to live with people they barely know — Helen and Nathan Williams. The journey for the twins continues as they each deal with their grief and other tragedies, sibling rivalry and how they move through adolescence and finally into adulthood.

I really enjoyed this book and the pace at which it covered more than a decade in the lives of Stephen and Lawrence. The unimaginable tragedy of losing one’s parents as a child and having to live with complete strangers was heart-wrenching. And then, to still have burdens placed on them is just another layer to this. But despite the tragedies and the past, the book looks at how they deal with it in their own way and manage to live in the present and dream for the future. It looks at life, love, friendships and relationships and how one deals with adversity. More so, it shows that despite the challenges life throws at you, it makes you a stronger person. The characters of Stephen and Lawrence are both very realistic and likeable. Nable hasn’t exaggerated the intellectual disability and the frustrations that Stephen goes through are very understandable.

To sum it up, life can suck. But it’s a ride nevertheless. And as long as you pick yourself up, you can move on.

It is a bitter-sweet book to the very end and definitely keeps you hooked.

My rating:


***This has been written as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2011***

Until next time,


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  • bookslifenmore
    28 September 2011 at 5:50 am

    I am loving the theme of this book, very Jodi Picoultish!!! Lemme see…

  • Psych Babbler
    28 September 2011 at 6:51 am

    Actually, now that you mention it Smita, it probably is very Jodi Picoultish! But a male author brings a slightly different perspective to it…not that it’s all macho or anything; rather something hopefully even guys would read!

  • Bikram
    28 September 2011 at 9:49 am

    wow 4 starts must be goood …

  • Priyanka Victor
    28 September 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I have always been fascinated with twins’ stories. Now I need to get my hands on this. Damn badly stocked Indian libraries-_-

  • Psych Babbler
    28 September 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Yep, really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others…

  • Psych Babbler
    28 September 2011 at 8:48 pm

    It’s by an Australian author so I’m not sure if you’ll find it there…I don’t remember reading Aussie authors until I came here…but then again, this author has also just starred in a Hollywood movie so chances are he may have released his book in the US and UK resulting in sales in India…

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  • Psych Babbler
    29 September 2011 at 9:06 am

    Welcome here Bantlan Sandhya! Thanks for the comment… 🙂