Tuesday, 9 October 2012

YA Book Review: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

Release date: Sept 11, 2012
Publisher: Tundra Books (RandomHouse Canada)
Author: Susin Nielsen
Thank you to RandomHouse Canada for providing this ARC for review.

Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

I made the mistake of 'judging a book by it's cover'. I mean, with that cover, how dark can it be, right?!

This book is dark and touching and real and absolutely beautifully written. It's one of those that stays with your for weeks after you finish reading it.

You can see that the blurb tells you pretty much nothing about this book, and I'm sticking with that idea. You'll find zero spoilers here!

What I CAN tell you is that Henry is a wonderful character, the book WILL make you sad and angry, but it DOES have a hopeful ending.

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is a short, quick book, but it doesn't lack substance like many short books can.

I highly recommend this book to all kids over age 12, and to ALL parents and educators.

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