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My sister Rosa – J Larbalestier

26465507¬†A compelling novel – reminiscent of ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ and just as disturbing. More so given the role of the adults in the novel.

Narrated by Che, the 17yr old brother of the title character, the narrative builds a picture of a disturbed young mind. It challenges us to consider the moral implications of knowing the truth and not speaking out.

I would recommend for a mature teen or senior school reader, due to the nature of the content.


The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

The synopsis says

I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.

This book is about a tragedy and how it  completely changed a siblings whole life

It is a images (2)sad story told in a blunt way, dark, touching, funny at times, well worth a read.