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Book Review: The View on the way down

…by Rebecca Wait.

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The View on the way down‘ is the story of 14 year old Emma lives with her mother Rose, who is obsessed with cleaning, cooking and well, having a perfect home, and her father Joe who spends his time at work and in his shed. This is a family torn apart since the death of Emma’s brother Kit five years ago and the sudden departure of her other brother Jamie just after the funeral.

Part one of the book is from Emma’s point of view as she battles being an overweight teenager who is part of the Christian Union at school, being bullied by her peers and dealing with her non-communicative parents as she reflects on why Jamie left home.

Part two is from Jamie’s point of view as he reflects on his life with Kit and the events leading up to Kit’s death. Finally, Part three is about the entire family and how they have all dealt with the tragedy that is Kit’s death and how they are coping with it now, with a glimpse at how it might be in the future.

I picked up this book from the library because the cover and the title fascinated me. And then, the book just drew me in. I have a soft spot for books about teenagers — they remind me of the ones I work with. And this was no different. It is no secret through part of the book that mental illness is a big theme. And it was the manner in which mental health was talked about, and how it impacts the family as a whole that had me sucked in completely. It is a beautiful book about the tragedy of a family and how each individual deals with death in their own way. It is sad and filled with sorrow, yet, it brings with it moments of hope and sparks of humour. This is Rebecca Wait’s debut novel and I cannot wait to see what else she has to offer. I await it eagerly!

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Kinmin
    25 July 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book Sanch, I will read it sometime! This also reminds me of The Gift by Danielle Steel – it is based on a similar yet very different story, and I really enjoyed reading it a few years ago!
    Also, have you read any of Jodi Picoult’s books?
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      30 July 2014 at 5:19 am

      Do read it Kinmin! Haven’t read The Gift but I have read all of Jodi Picoult’s books…have a whole shelf dedicated to her. 🙂

  • Kinmin
    25 July 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book Sanch, I will read it sometime! This also reminds me of The Gift by Danielle Steel – it is based on a similar yet very different story, and I really enjoyed reading it a few years ago!
    Also, have you read any of Jodi Picoult’s books?
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