Friday, 1 June 2018

The weight of a thousand feathers by Brian Conaghan


`Child experts will tell you that I'm way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?' Who is Bobby Seed? He's just your average sixteen-year-old - same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there's the Bobby Seed who's a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum's backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he's stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That's Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different ..

Do not read this book without tissues.!!

I chose to try this book because I have been trying to push myself into new genres of reading and this is something I felt uncomfortable with so obviously my initial instinct was to not like the book because it wasn't what I am used to. I am lucky enough to have not had and experiences involving MS or any experience that closely relates to end of life situations such as the one expressed in this book and at first I was very uncomfortable knowing what I was getting myself into. I didn't think I would be able to relate to any of the characters or the situation and I thought I would be left a little bit lost. I was wrong

This story is so beautifully written that I was well and truly drawn in almost instantly. The story felt real like it could be a true representation of Bobby Seed and his Family and I suppose for many families this is a reality. 
The writing style was fairly simple and I think that there is so much weight on every word in this book that it doesn't need to be over complicated. We are only really introduced to characters that are relevant to the story which for me is great because it helps me focus on the characters that are important. 

The story is told from the POV of Bobby Seed, he has watched his mum deteriorate due to her MS and is left to make a difficult decision. I think it is important that we were able to see Bobby figuring out what his opinions were regarding the decision. Bobby isn't alone however he had his little brother Danny and his Best friend Bel to confide in and try to keep his life as normal as possible. Bobby is 17 and is beginning to find out who he is as well as deal with everything that is going on emotionally. 

The only thing that confused me was the very last sentence of the book. I can't figure out if it was a joke or if after all this time Bobby's mum had a huge secret. I think I am going to assume it was Bobby's mum's humor until I am informed further.  

I definitely had a cry during the last 100 pages or so and was shocked by how emotional i felt when as I said earlier I wasn't expecting to connect with this book. The story could be read in one sitting I think if you had the whole day to do it and this might be the best way to read it so you can truly take everything in. 

Please read this book and tell your friends to read this book! 
It was so good. 

Thanks For Reading

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