Monday, 24 April 2017
Book Review: Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson
I first heard of Ten Birthdays from a comment from the author, I quickly checked it out on his website and said I was very interested in this book. I knew going into Ten Birthdays I would need lots of tissues, so with coffee, chocolate, and a box of tissues I began reading, and I did not stop until I had reached the last page.
Imagine your birthday could never be celebrated the same way ever again, that instead of looking forward to your celebrations you dreaded the day. This is the case for Poppy, whos birthday also happens to be the day she lot her Mum. A day spent shopping with friends with hushed conversations between them does not leave Poppy with good feelings, and when she finally makes it hope its clear why, and rather than face the small party, Poppy hides, waiting for everybody to leave. It's then that she receives a belated gift off her Mum, a letter to open for the next ten years worth of birthdays. This was also the time I declared myself gone, and gave up trying to hold back the tears.
Ten birthdays is spread over the course of ten years in Poppy's life, but it's artfully done with quick glimpses into Poppy's birthday celebrations with information on what she has done, what her friends are doing, what shes doing now or next. We see how poppy spends her birthday, decisions she makes and how they affect those around her. We see her growing up, changing jobs, falling in love, and the ups and downs of her friendship with Freya and Mark.
Ten Birthdays is a book that I fell head over heels into, and didn't come up for air. I instantly loved the characters, how their personalities were so different but they were so close. The village Poppy grew up in sounds quaint, and is most definitely a village where everybody knows everybody else and thier business, and I do miss this aspect of my youth.
I don't really want to say too much about Ten Birthdays because this book is just as much of a journey for the reader as it is for Poppy, and I really do want you to take this journey with her.
Ten Birthdays is a heartfelt journey about loss, love, friendship, and growing up. I loved every minute of this book and can't wait to dive into my own copy again.