Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Review - The Museum of You by Carys Bray

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Review by Suze
 
Clover's mother had no idea she was pregnant and Clover was a complete surprise. Unfortunately she passed away when Clover was still a little girl. Now it's just Clover and her dad, Darren. Clover has a lot of questions, she wants to know more about her mother. Asking her father to talk about something that makes him sad is difficult though. Instead she's going through her mother's things during her summer holiday. She tries to find the meaningful pieces and makes an exhibit of them.
 
Darren has to raise Clover by himself and that isn't always easy. He doesn't know everything there is to know about girls, but he tries because he loves his daughter very much. He's a bus driver whose life didn't turn out the way he planned, but he's usually trying to be happy with what he's been given. For Clover it's time to get some answers, but he has no idea what she's working on and that she's ready to know the full story. Will he be able to tell her? Clover should finally have her complete picture, but it might not be as rose-colored as she thought it would be...

The Museum of You is an amazing creative story. I loved the fact that Carys Bray combines the voices of a child and an adult. It felt like a privilege to get to know both Clover and her father. Not having a mother deeply influences Clover's life. She doesn't know much about her and has a lot of questions. She tries to find answers by going through her mother's things. Slowly she gets information about the woman who brought her into the world. Carys Bray describes that process in a compelling and sensitive way. The story isn't only in the words, it's everywhere, which makes it wonderfully touching.

Clover makes a museum by herself and she's serious about her approach. She and her father have to find a new equilibrium now that she's getting older. Darren and Clover are both kindhearted and loving and I enjoyed reading Carys Bray's enchanting explanations of their thoughts and feelings. The way Carys Bray describes their world made me notice how special ordinary objects and situations can be and it was a precious gift to be allowed to see through her eyes. There's so much value in the little things people often forget to notice. I loved her meaningful descriptions of details that are important to someone somewhere, she makes everything more fascinating. Her writing magnetized me and I forgot everything that happened around me. I love it when a book has to much impact and I highly recommend this impressive story.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book . Thank you for the review . I love books that makes a great impact .

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  2. I really love meaningful books, not just ones that tell a good story. This one definitely sounds meaningful. I also love books that tell the story from more than one perspective. Thanks so much for the review.

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  3. Ohhh I just love books with lots of feels :)

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  4. First of all the cover and the book title are so awesome *_*
    It's been a while since I read a book that follows the story of a father and his daughter, and I absolutely love these books.
    Great review, I might pick this up, the story sounds deep and really interesting :)

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  5. First of all the cover and the book title are so awesome *_*
    It's been a while since I read a book that follows the story of a father and his daughter, and I absolutely love these books.
    Great review, I might pick this up, the story sounds deep and really interesting :)

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  6. I love the contrasting colors on the cover. It's unusual to find such a book with the single dad being an excellent caregiver.
    Dianna

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