Young adult

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

My Review; After enjoying Toffee by this author I decided I was going to read all her other books starting with this one. Yet again I was not disappointed! Sarah has a unique way of setting of her stories and telling them, she sets them out in a poetry format, but it’s not poetry its the actual story. Making them easy, quick and effortless reads. Which sometimes is just what I need. I know not everyone would enjoy this writing style but for me it works and I love it.

I read this in just over an hour. After her dad moves to England, UK, Kasienka and her mother set off to go and find him. What they find is not what they expected! It’s an honest story for many immigrants that enter the UK. Living in a studio, sharing a bed and being bullied at school is just the start of it all. But Kasienka finds something she can lose herself in – swimming. And boy is she good at swimming. She find a few friends and tries to get back on track, but is it ever that easy?

Brilliant. Loved it. An eye opening read about what many young immigrants face. A well deserved four stars. Aimed at young adult readers. Highly recommend.

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