Hello lovelies! How wonderful of you to read my latest review!
Before this review I would like to tell you I have officially planned the next 6 months of this blog! From a blog tour, to a crime special, to book promotions, author requests etc, all planned! I have even made room and slots for author review requests too! So as a little celebration, this is an extra review I would like to give you!
The book is called ‘This is all: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn’ by Aidan Chambers (part of ‘The Dance Sequence’) and I discovered this book completely by accident! Years ago when I was in school, the library was having a clear out. I picked up a load of books that were going to be thrown out, without even looking at the titles! When I got home, there were a few authors I had recognized, a few books I had my eye on and then a random book; this book. I started reading this book and it was nothing like I had read before. I loved it!
‘This is All’ is an ambitious ‘coming of age’ novel I believe everyone in their late teens/early twenties should read, although I believe this book would be enjoyed by all ages. The story is told by the narrator, Cordelia Kenn. At 19 and pregnant, she uses her clever mind, wit and cultured attitude to tell her story. Her love of literature, poetry and Shakespeare combine to paint a picture of Cordelia’s life.
The way this book is written, it would be an insult for me to try and categorize this review, so it’s all mixed into one on the perspectives of the book. Cordelia; young, impulsive and anxious to get it right tells her side of the story, her story. It is as it is, how it was, and how it will be.
Is she ready to take on the world?
Have you ever wondered what is going on in someones mind? This story explains the emotions that haunt Cordelia’s very soul; like most teenagers, she is worried what people think of her, yet is defiantly stubborn to herself in order to gain some control. She wants a life she is able to love; her poetic timeline takes dramatic turns creating a distance between her former self. Events happen in people’s lives that are out of their control leaving them feeling helpless. Cordelia has to overcome this and grow up pretty quickly.
For anyone who loves book, you will love this daring and unfiltered story. If you love poetry, you will love the poetic language of the novel. For anyone who loves the Shakespearean era, you will see it replicated within the beauty of this novel. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you think. Cordelia is all of us trying to find our way in the world.
How would I sum this book up?
A naive young girl is plunged into a world she never got the chance to decide upon: adulthood. It happens. From the biological changes, to musical instruments, love, loss, empowerment, maturity and what it means to be “grown up,” this book will change your perspective and stay with you for a long time after you read it.
Recommended for anyone in that “coming of age” point in their lives, anyone who is moving onto the stages of adulthood. Anyone who feels naive, confused or apprehensive about the future- I am sure you will appreciate this book.
I would say this is both YA and also not, a mixture of both so don’t be put off if you don’t think this book is for you- I am sure you will love it!
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Coming soon to books beyond the story:
Book blog tour, crime month, non-fiction specials, book promotions, horror month, romance special and a few extra surprises!
Happy reading! Lx