Title: The Book
by Jessica Bell
Publication date: January 18th 2013
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Genre: Adult, Contemporary
This book is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both the goodie and the baddie.
Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather, would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.
To Bonnie, The Book is sadness.
To Penny, The Book is liberation.
To John, The Book is forgiveness.
To Ted, The Book is envy.
But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.
If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand, what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.
The Book is an actual diary that Bonnie's parents started writing in when she was in Peggie's tummy. But in this book there's also Bonnie's point of view and her conversations with Dr. Wright.
I have never read a book from a kid's POV before and I must admit it's an interesting experience. Not only was it innocent and touching, it was also kind of funny. There were situations when Bonnie said things like the ice cream should be called i-quiet or she thought innocent is in-a-cent and was linked to money. Those are simple things to us, the so-called grown ups, but to a child's perception it`s different as she's still learning.
That's what I enjoyed the most about this book. It's written in such an adorable and poignant manner that it got me engrossed and held my attention through out. The voice of Bonnie's POV was so innocent and honest I truly believed I was reading what an actual child could say and do. And her mother's own love story written in The Book was brought out excellently.
Spoiler: I knew how this book will end, I just had the feeling it`s not going to have happy ending. I`m not sure what gave it away- maybe the cover and the shortness of this book, or just an instinct.
I don't want to relate the whole book because it would be a risk of telling too much as short as it is. But trust me, if you read this book, it might (or will) leave a big impact on you (especially if you're a parent yourself).
This book is unique and something I will never forget, and when I have a child of my own I'm sure I will remember this story. I`d recommend this book to everyone who`s ever been in love, lost a sibling or just for someone who wants a great read.
Two signed copies of The Book (International)
What do you think of this book? If you had the chance, you`d read it? what do you think of child point of views?