Top positive review
If this book isn’t considered a new masterpiece of children’s literature, it certainly should be!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2016
Omg! This is just, amazing & wonderful. If this book isn’t considered a new masterpiece of children’s literature, it certainly should be.
This is the delightful, wildly imaginative tale of an 8 year old boy who discovers he is actually the imaginary friend of the little girl he’s always believed to be his twin sister, and it’s sincerely one of the best books I’ve ever read.
The story is, by turns, or sometimes all at once, absurd, thoughtful, sarcastic, touching, whimsically existential, hysterically funny, and then in the end so heartbreakingly poignant that, after spending nearly 95% of the book snorting, cackling, and outright cracking up, I ended in tears. Honestly, I found the conclusion so moving that I still feel a bit shaken by it. Not because it was sad, not at all, it was *beautiful* and joyful, and full of love.
Here, have a lovely quote:
“The truth is, that’s all anyone wants, to be known that way, to be seen. I don’t mean our hair or our clothes, I mean <i>seen</i>for who we really are. We all want to find that one person who knows the real us, all our quirks, and still understands. Have you ever had anyone see you? Really, truly, the deepest part that seems invisible to the rest of the world?
I hope you have.
I have always had Fleur.”
This is a children's story, but it’s really a story for everyone. A story about friendship, and figuring out who you are, about the importance of being seen, the value of memory and unconditional love. And how, in the end, it’s the people we love and who love us, who make us real.