ARC Review: The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

by Brian Conaghan

YA Contemporary


‘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!


5 star APRIL

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Review: When Mr. Dog Bites, by Brian Conaghan

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Author: Brian Conaghan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Release Date: 1st January 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 320


Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. For Dylan, life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that escapes whenever he gets stressed. And, as a sixteen-year-old virgin and pupil at Drumhill Special School, getting stressed is something of an occupational hazard. 

But then a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die next March.

So he grants himself three parting wishes: three ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’.

It isn’t a long list, but it is ambitious, and he doesn’t have much time. But as Dylan sets out to make his wishes come true, he discovers that nothing – and no-one – is quite as he had previously supposed.

A story about life, death, love, sex and swearing, When Mr Dog Bites will take you on one *#@! of a journey . .


I really, really enjoyed this book. When Mr. Dog Bites tells the story of Dylan, a sixteen year old who suffers with Tourette’s. When he finds out he’s going to die in March, he compiles a list of things he wants to do before he dies with the help of his best mate, Amir.
On this mission, he treads on a path of self-discovery and learns a lot of new things on the way. I really enjoyed this because it was so. funny.
At points I had to put it down because I was laughing so much. I think Conaghan did a great job writing Dylan, because he’s a main character that is so relatable and asks the stupid questions just like any teenager would.
I thought the plot twist at the end of the book with Dylan’s mum was an excellent idea too. There were a few moments when it started to drag out about, but it picked itself up quickly soon afterwards.
Overall, I’m going to give it 4 stars out of 5 because it was a really entertaining and hilarious book that I really enjoyed.
Now that I’ve read all of his books, I’m super super excited to meet him again this February (and then March, too!)

ARC Review: We Come Apart, by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

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I’m honestly so so so  grateful for Department 51 of Easons for sending me an ARC copy of this book. Sarah Crossan is one of my favourite writers and I was counting down the days until it’s original release date.

Now I have Brian Conaghan’s Bombs  here at home, but I’ve yet to read it. However, this book has made me want to read everything by him ASAP.

This book, in one word, was perfection. Honest to God, perfection.

I raced through this in 2 hours because it was SO BLOODY GOODAs a writer myself, I think it’s unfair how good these two are together. I think we should ban them from writing another book for at least five years.

Seriously. I fell in love with the badass Jess and the sweetheart Nicu within seconds. I wish I could read this for the first time again.

BTW, THE ENDING KILLED ME. I WAS CRYING FOR A GOOD HOUR.

Utterly amazing, and there’s no doubt in my mind when I say that this is by far my favourite book of 2016.

Phenomenal. Amazing. Superb.

But I’m definitely giving this 5 stars out of 5​.

​I’m in love.