Finishing the New York Times bestseller by Jandy Nelson with goosebumps on my legs I decided I must share what I have experienced with this book.
When I started the book, I won’t lie, I was not incredibly into it. It wasn’t a chore to read in the slightest, but I suppose it was just different to books I’ve read before. Having a running theme of ghosts to start with may have made me apprehensive, because if you’re like me, you’ll think ghosts are all doo la li! Any how I carried on reading. What originally drew me to the book was the title and the fact it was based on a pair of twins (I myself am I twin and enjoy reading stories about twins too) there are occasional pages with bold quotes too and I liked them.
I won’t give too much away but the book is so beautifully written; with chapters skipping between two periods of time in the twins’ life, each chapter pieces together little bits of the story and pieces begin to fit together.
‘Love is only half the story’ is also written on the cover. I feel as though love is more than half of the story because it is about love in so many shapes and forms. It’s about love for family, romance and love for yourself- who you really are.
You may ask what is the other half of the story then? I don’t think I could completely answer that, it is too complex! But I will try and say it’s about change, cycles of life, destiny and …mystery? Being at the right place at the right time. Maybe you think that kind of stuff, too, is ‘doo la li’ however the story reels you so much in and opens your mind to all of this because surely we have all had those it-was-the-right-place-right-time moments.
The book brought tears to my eyes at parts. I feel like this novel brings so much emotion and it was almost like a TV show; I just want to shout at the characters to tell them what I know and what they do not!
All in all I would definitely recommend this read especially if authors like John Green appeal to you. For an elegant story about relationships, love and loss, art and passion, this book is one to read.