Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

When God Was a Rabbit
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Headline Review
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 341 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Home Library
Reason: Personal interest | Summer Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence- a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.

“Nothing stays forgotten for long, Elly. Sometimes we simply have to remind the world that we're special and that we're still here.” 

Do you ever come across those books that demand to be read? You can almost hear them screaming at you from your bookshelves? That was my experience with When God Was a Rabbit. Owning it for quite some time but put off reading it. Why? I have NO idea. I think though, that I was meant to read this book when I did. I started it during a transition in my life and this beautiful coming of age story was growing right along with me!

Elly is a character like non other. She is awkward, funny and absolutely adorable. You get to witness her grow from a vibrant little girl into a successful, strong willed woman. 

Lots take place during the books 341 pages; Which fly by very quickly! I can assure you, it will be nearly impossible for you to put this book down.  Your heart will fill up quickly with this books wonderful character cast. You will laugh with them, cry with them and grow with them. There were many passages out of this book that I took to heart and that I could relate to my own life.

A beautiful tale about love, loss, self discovery and growth. Get comfortable because you won't be getting up until you turn the very last page!


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