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 …
*Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!*
I have one thing to start this review off with, and that’s to say that I was completely blown away by this incredible novel.
I was completely caught off guard by this book. From the blurb, it sounds like a simple story – a devoted boy who’s taking care of his mother who suffers with a serious illness. And as it worsens, it seems as if the book will be about euthanasia. And it is – but it’s also about so much more, which I wasn’t expecting at all.
Conaghan’s prose manages to be so simple yet packs the punch with every word. And I loved the story – I loved following Bobby and his relationship with his mum, his brother, his best friend, and my favourite, with Lou. I loved watching them all develop in their own each way and I think this is Conaghan’s best book yet.
I seriously cannot recommend this book enough – it’s quite overwhelming how much I enjoyed it. Although if I did have one bad thing to say about it, which is quite minimalist compared to everything else that’s so great about it, is that I felt Bobby and Lou’s relationship was left a bit unfinished at the end of the novel. Of course I would’ve loved to see the opposite outcome for them, but it still did feel a bit rushed. But pushing that aside, you will not want to miss this fantastic book when it comes out this June!