The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
Armed with a suitcase
and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother
leave Poland and head for the UK to find her father. Life is lonely for
Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school Kasienka
finds it impossible to make new friends. While the search continues,
Kasienka is kept afloat by William, a boy she meets at the local pool
who understands what it means to lose someone and who swims with
Kasienka towards her new life.
I find that kind of lacking actually. Here's the blurb from Amazon instead:
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.
Yeah, that one's better, because this book is utterly lovely. Poignant without being sentimental and
incredibly relatable. Easy to read and beautifully written. As a writer
I'm jealous, as a reader consider my thought provoked. It's written in verse, but if you think that bothers you, get over it. This is a great read!