Hindsight has made me realise that I should have done these in some sort of order, but then I would have had to sit down and *put* them in an order and then the posts would never have been written, so swings and roundabouts I guess. 🙂
Today’s book is Unboxed by Non Pratt. It’s only a short book, published by Barrington Stoke in a way designed to appeal to reluctant readers, with thick, cream coloured paper, but it is beautiful inside and out.
After years of radio silence, old friends Alix, Ben, Zara and Dean meet up at their old school to keep a longstanding promise – to open a memory box they left there when they were thirteen. But there is a gaping hole – their friend Millie has died. Secrets tumble out and old feelings rise to the surface as they dredge up the past. But can this save the friendships that once meant everything to them, or is it time to let go and say goodbye?
I was really looking forward to reading this book, mostly because I love Non and her writing, so when they released early copies at YALC, I was overjoyed. When I finally got the chance to sit and down and read it, I wasn’t disappointed. Stories about friendships have always been the most interesting to me, so this was entirely up my street, and I loved reading about the things this group had been through, both together and apart. It was funny, realistic, and by the time I got to the end I was struggling to see the pages because I was crying so much. It is, quite simply, a wonderful book, and it makes me sad that if it hadn’t been by an author I already knew, I would never have picked it up. This book deserves to be widely read, and as such I highly recommend it to you all.