I have two favourite books. They both have long titles, so they’re going to be called 1 and 2:
- Guess How Much I love You – Sam McBratney illustrated by Anita Jeram
- We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
1 is so beautifully written with amazing illustrations that carry you off into that world; it takes me back to my childhood.
2, well that’s a completely different story. Admittedly, it was a very slow start for me, but once Eva described how she threw Kevin across the floor… I was hooked. I did nothing but read!
The story is written as a series of letters from Eva to her husband Franklin. The reader never sees Franklin’s reply, so several questions arise:
- Are the letters being sent?
- Does Franklin reply, but we don’t see them?
- Is Franklin dead?
- Are the two even married any more?
The letters describe how their eldest child, Kevin, murders some of his classmates (and permanently injures the others) just before his 16th birthday.
The book is fantastic. The film, on the other hand, not so much. I urge all of you to read this, you will not regret it. The book moved me so much that I now see the world differently.
That’s all from me, write to you next time x