Wednesday, July 31
Book Review: Away From Everywhere
Author: Chad Pelley
Pages: EBook 271
Summary: Brothers Owen and Alex Collins are brought together when mental illness claims their father and sets off a chain reaction of unrelated, heart-breaking events. Both tender and bold in its delivery, Away from Everywhere cuts no corners in telling the story of their crushing childhood, the reasons the brothers become different men, and the unthinkable act of love that tears them apart.
My Rating: 10/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The description of the book, does not do it justice, as for the most part I was completely engrossed by the book. It was incredibly hard to put down, and once I was finished I was wanting more. The book definitely left and impression with me.
The book was a bit of a dark book and emotional book as it deals with a lot of issues surrounding mental illness. From depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse, the book is a heavy read. But the author has created such realistic, flawed characters, that you can't help but become lost in the book. I also enjoyed how the book was written, it wasn't exactly liner, but it bounced around from the present, to the distant past, and the month leading up to a terrible tragedy. It was a combination of journal entries and memories, but the author did a fantastic job at bring it all together.
Alex was a character, I never liked, I felt bad for the experiences he's faced, but at the end of the day, he was a bit of an selfish ass. But, his character is important, as it does show how everyone in the family deals with the kind of trials a family faces dealing with any kind of mental illness and tragedy and I have to give the author props for writing it in such a realistic way. The other characters were all well done. Owen, for example was a character, you can't pull away from. He's not a character you like, but he's a character you want to keep reading about.
The last few chapters of the book were fantastic and extremely well done. Although I kind of guessed where the author was going, it was still a great twist the author threw in there. I think he handled it very well, and made it seem natural and realistic. It was a fantastic way to end a book, although it left me wanting more, I think it worked out wonderfully.
Overall a fantastic read, which I highly recommend.
Would I recommend it to read: Oh yes, I would recommend the book. It's well worth checking out.
What to read next: Alias Grace, The Piano Man's Daughter and I would check out more by the author.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mental Illness Awareness Challenge, New Author Challenge