Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.
I cannot find the words to describe how wonderful this was. I had a bad experience with a novel told in verse in “Ronit & Jamil” so I was mildly apprehensive about this, but after having read “We Come Apart” written in part by the same author as this, some hope remained.
It was absolutely wonderful.
This is how a novel in verse should be. They style was so consistent, and so easy to read. I just gobbled it up.
The verse added to the story, not detracted. The characters were explained well. The situations felt real. The bullying Kasienka suffered was believable and written in a beautiful moving way.
There was romance, loss, love, hope, friendship, sadness, happiness, bullying, xenophobia, all rolled into this gorgeous writing. It covered some pretty tough topics in a very eloquent way. It will stay with me for a long time.
This was probably the most powerful page for me….
I think I’ve fallen in love with Sarah Crossan.
Oh and I forgot to mention, the text was in BLUE!!!! What a gorgeous touch!
I cannot recommend this highly enough – GO READ IT!!!!!!!
Finished on March 9th 2017
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