HOME             ABOUT             REVIEWS             BOOK LISTS             CONTACT             LINKS


Thursday, 12 January 2012

Guest Review: This is Not Forgiveness

Author: Celia Rees

Release date: Paperback 2nd February 2012
Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction
Target Audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Bloomsbury Books
ISBN: 9781408817698

Guest Review by Anne Cassidy

This is Not Forgiveness is a startling new novel by Celia Rees. It’s ‘startling’ because the subject matter is quite unexpected.

Celia has, in the past, worked in a number of genres but this is a love story and a story of brothers at war, figuratively and literally. It’s mostly told by Jamie whose older brother Rob is back from Afghanistan with a shattered leg. He is lost away from the field of battle and takes refuge in drink and drugs. Jamie is working on the punts for the summer recess and becomes involved with Caro, a headstrong and enigmatic girl.

Both brothers forge relationships with this girl. One of these leads to heartbreak and the other to a political act.

This is a powerful story told as a multiple narrative. It’s a brilliant read for both younger and older adults.

It is published in February 2012.

Thank you to Anne for guest reviewing at The Bookette.


Fiona said...

I was lucky enough to read a review copy of this and it is a powerful novel about some dysfunctional characters. Well worth reading.

Vicki Dickinson said...

I'm reading this at the minute and I'd agree that it's startling. So very different from the Celia Rees I'm used to and quite powerful.