#BlogTour: Home by Amanda Berriman @MandyBerriman @DoubledayUK @sophiechristoph #Home

Home is published by Doubleday/Transworld on 8th February 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour.

Jesika is four and a half.
She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn't draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

My Thoughts:

I always find it hardest to review the books that I loved very much, almost unable to convey how wonderful I think they are. Home is one of those and I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour. 

Home is narrated by Jesika. She is four years old and tells us the story in the entirety. Jesika tells a story of poverty, despair and a home covered in mould. A story of social isolation and being set aside by society. Home is relevant and sadly very current. 

By telling the story from the viewpoint of Jesika it made me want to be able to rescue her. Using the voice of Jesika the author has created a highly emotive story that is emotionally charged. 

At times Home makes for very uncomfortable reading, although Jesika is naive at four. The reader is able to understand fully and the implications and ramifications of that brought me to tears. Despite all that happens between the pages of the novel Jesika remains strong and resilient. 

By the sheer fact that the novel is called Home this book made me think and it made me sad, it made me angry. It made me consider what constitutes a 'home'. Everyone,whether they are a struggling single mother or a four year old girl deserve somewhere adequate to live and somewhere they can call home. Somewhere that is safe and somewhere where those familial relationships can be nurtured and cherished. Somewhere that is full of love. What do you think about when you think about 'home'? 

An unusual, highly emotive and thought provoking read that I thought was just spectacular. It was written with a great level of sensitivity and skill and I have nothing but admiration for the author for writing this story and shining a light on the subjects contained within the pages of Home. 

About the Author
Amanda was born in Germany and grew up in Edinburgh, reading books, playing music, writing stories and climbing hills. She works as a primary school teacher and lives on the edge of the Peak District with her husband, two children and dog. 

Follow Amanda on Twitter at @MandyBerriman

Please do have a look at some of the other stops on the blog tour.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful Blog Tour support Leah x