Monday, 23 January 2012

Review: This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees

Title: This Is Not Forgiveness
Author: Celia Rees
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: USA:Dec 25th 2011|UK:2nd Feb 2012
Everyone says that Caro is bad ...but Jamie can't help himself. He thinks of her night and day and can't believe that she wants to be his girlfriend. Gorgeous, impulsive and unconventional, she is totally different to all the other girls he knows. His sister, Martha, hates her. Jamie doesn't know why, but there's no way he's going to take any notice of her warnings to stay away from Caro. But as Jamie falls deeper and deeper under her spell, he realises there is more to Caro - much more. There are the times when she disappears and doesn't get in touch, the small scars on her wrists, her talk about revolutions and taking action, not to mention the rumours he hears about the other men in her life. And then always in the background there is Rob, Jamie's older brother, back from Afghanistan and traumatised after having his leg smashed to bits there. Jamie wants to help him, but Rob seems to be living in a world of his own and is increasingly difficult to reach. With Caro, the summer should have been perfect ...but that isn't how things work out in real life, and Jamie is going to find out the hard way. This taut psychological drama is the brilliant new novel from acclaimed Celia Rees.
[from goodreads]

This is the first book I have read by Celia Rees and I have already got 3 more of her books purchased to read, that is how much I liked her writing.  From the first chapter I was hooked, I needed to know what had happened to make this person feel the way they do and to find out what happened to the people who had died.  After a few more chapters the points of view of the person telling their story are revealed.  At first though I was confused by the different types of chapters, each individual person had their own style, but after the first chapter of each person I found it easy to keep track of who was narrating the chapter.

The way This is not Forgiveness is wrote gave me an insight into each persons minds, their thoughts and feelings, and learning about each person helped build the story and pieces it together perfectly up to the end.  It shows how people are affected by war, not only the person that has gone to war but also their family and friends surrounding them, and how they deal with it.  It is a book so full of different emotions, that are portrayed so well, it was easy to sympathise, empathise and really feel what the characters are feeling. 

This Is Not Forgiveness is not a happy ever after book, but it deals with the facts and real life issues that anyone could feel and although life isn't always happy there can be some good to come out of it.

Celia also found time to answer a few questions for me

Q1: This Is Not Forgiveness is a book that is wrote in different points of view, how did you manage to write it without mixing up the characters?
The three characters are very different and their voices very distinctive, so it is easy to keep them clear and separated.

Q2: What has been your favourite book to write and why?
Each book is different and has different challenges, different highs and lows This is a bit like asking me which is my favourite book and I never tell anyone that.

Q3: When you have some down time from writing how do you typically spend your day?
I would probably go for a walk, meet friends for coffee or lunch, do some shopping, go home, do some reading, have dinner with my husband and spend the evening watching TV or a DVD.

Q4: If you wasn't an author what job would you like to do?
I'm happy being an author - I don't want to do anything else.

Q5: What was the last book you read?
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Q6: What famous person would you most like to sit and have lunch with and why?
William Shakespeare. I'd love to know what he was really like.

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