Tuesday, May 28

Book Review: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Title: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Author: Heidi Durrow

Pages: 264

Summary: Rachael, whose mother is Danish and father is African-American, loses both her parents and is forced to move to a new city to live with her strict African-American grandmother, but when she is immersed into an African-American community, her physical appearance draws attention and Rachel struggles with her own uncertainties about her identity.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall I liked the book, it did address a lot of important issues, was well written, but I felt that it was missing something, to capture the book better for me. I'm not sure what it is, but I felt like there was just something extra needed to pull me into the book. I did feel for Rachel, and I was constantly wanting to read on to find out about the truth of her past, and what her future will hold. Rachel was definitely a memorable character and I think the author managed to create her, and her story beautifully. I also enjoyed the multiple perspectives throughout the story - at first I was unsure if it would work for a story like this one, but I think it helped make the story all the more powerful and important. I especially liked the clips of the journal entries from Rachel's mother.

The book covers a lot of important issues, including racial discrimination, social-economic and mental illness, which was also something the author handled beautifully, as she managed to show all these, but kept it a very character driven story, I also appreciated that the story wasn't compromised to include all of this, it was very natural, in the author included it into the plot. There's so much to focus on in the book, how Rachel and those around her faced the trails and consequences of a mental illness, how Rachel identity's herself, versus how others identify her as.

In the end, I did like the book, but there's still that one thing, that I felt was missing from it, to make it extraordinary. 

Would I recommend it to read: I would, I think there's a lot to take from the book, so there's a lot of different readers out there who would enjoy the book.

What to read next: I'm not entirely sure on that one, I'm currently reading Twelve Tribes of Hattie, and they have some similar themes in it, but I'm at a bit of a loss on this one.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge, New Authors Challenge

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