[ ONLINE Why I Went Back ] author James Clammer – freewebdesing.com
Ality to it Why I Went Back has fragments of fantasy and reality collide to bring this original tale of hope and freedom This book really crept up in me The early chapters were a bit of a slow burner but it really got under my skin and I had to read on The great thing about it is the mixture of gritty realism the fact that Aiden s family seems to be disintegrating and the growing sense of the otherworldly and the culmination of an ancient storyHaxforth is a great character and slow reveal of his story ept me hookedThis really is a great YA book and a great debut 35 No SpoilersThe sentences were constructed rather lazily when the book started off I thought it consisted of way too much conjunctions There were no use of italics to signify the protagonist s thoughts either About zero humour and jokes were used and the whole magic part wasn t even on my blurbApart from that the story itself was definitely well constructed Some characters were ind of left out though It was really interesting to read and even hard to put down at some points Great uses of imagery and personification I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via NetgalleyTen Second SynopsisAidan s mum has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is languishing in a psychiatric hospital while his dad has given up the ghost as a postal worker and is letting undelivered mail pile up in their garden shed When Aidan tries to recover his stolen bike in the middle o The main character of the story is a teenager called Aidan Aidan is having a tough time in his life right now as his mother has been admitted into a psychiatric unit and his father has taken it bad by failing at his postman job by taking the post home This all terrifies Aidan and he lives in fear on a daily basis that he will be put into care When pushed to the limit one day when something happens to him he does not hesitate to go and try and sort the problem out but it manages to add to his problems If you like a feel good story about friendship family and hope then this is the story for you I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids This book teaches readers that sometimes it s hard to hold a family together but it s so important to do Fourteen year old Aidan has to get up at 430 am to deliver the mail that his father is bringing home from the Post Office rather than delivering himself He nows that if anyone finds out that his father is stealing the mail rather than doing his mailman job he could be arrested and get jail time Meanwhile Aidan s mother is in a hospital to deal with her mental illness w This was a fun interesting and wonderful read It was full of such great characters good plot lines and even had a theme of mental illness and magic in there tooI really liked Aidan the main character right from the start His life at home his curiosity his strength and his development through the book made him into a character who every reader could fall in love with His hope of helping his mentally ill mother also made him the A Heart of Stone kind of person that everyone wants to root for Daniel is another fantastic character He is so genuineind and caring and really helped make Aidan into a better person They were a great pair together and their friendship was so lovely to read about and feel a part ofI do think Haxworth should ve been a bit of a bigger character I feel like he wasn t really present that much in the book and he was sort of just following the boys around in the scenes That could just be one of his character traits but we only ever really learn about him in his final scene which was a shameBut I did enjoy the whole mentally ill part of the plot and how it showed how it affects the lives of the family members as well as the one who is directly affected Seeing the dad s reactions to his wife s illness was very powerful and it was nice to see that it was Aidan who helped him get better The ending was lovely and really hopeful for the futureI received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest revie. T stolen goods There’s a mysterious prisoner chained to the floor This is the story of why Aidan goes backRecalling Alan Garner and Susan Cooper Why I Went Back is a dark tale of magic myth and undelivered ma.
I was pleased to have won this book in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveawayThis was an enjoyable book with a great storyline One of my favourite books that I have read so far this year I do recommend and do hope to read books in the near future by this author Despite feeling a bit too YA for me throughout It s a YA book I have only myself to blame Why I Went Back held my attention throughout and I found it really charming Protagonist Aidan is Taking Instruction (Taboo, key to the story I don t think it s so unusual for a central character to be struggling outcast and desperately worried about their home life but Aidan is totally believable as both a bully and the sustainer of a decaying family homeI love any book that nails the run down corners of Britain and this one i It was okay I m not sure about the ending it all seemed uite pointless once I had finished it The thing that earned this book three stars was its uniue and interesting writing style as well as some parts of the story that had me gripped to its pages The story at moments was either dull or gripping and that nevereeps me interested in a book The ending confused me slightly but barely seemed relevant once the moment had passed I don t feel anything now that I have finished this book only slightly deflated and disappointed compared to the usual verbal diarrhea and excitement I get after reading a good bookAs I said it was only okay 35 When I was offered a chance to review this book I immediately jumped at the opportunity It sounded like a story that would be rich in magic and myth just what I was looking for Even though it wasn t uite what I was expecting I loved the voice of the main character as well as the writing and although it s not a new favorite it is a book I thoroughly enjoyedWhy I Went Back is centered around a fourteen year old boy called Aidan A boy whose mother has been sectioned due to her battle with the voices inside of her head a father that is lost within the labyrinth of his depression and a boy who has to wake up when the stars are still glinting above in order to supply mail to the inhabitants of his village that his father can t bring himself to deliver When our feisty lovable protagonist is about to start his early morning rounds of delivering mail he spies two male figures stealing his bike the bike he desperately needs in order to preserve his father s job and he immediately sets off after them However when he arrives at the location where the thieves have hidden his bike he stumbles upon something sinister than he could have imagined Within the confines of the warehouse lies a prisoner among dusty sheets shackled and emaciated Aidan wants nothing to do with the terrible things lurking in the shadows of the warehouse However he Language and Linguistics knows he has to do something especially when the prisoner hints at being able to uiet the voices that live inside his mother s head Aidannows he needs to get away as far as possible from the sickening people inflicting this damage upon another but Aidan nows he has to help he has to free the prisonerand perhaps have a chance at freeing his mother too This is Aidan s story of why he went backThis is going to be one of those books that is incredibly hard to review because although there were some aspects I loved there were uite a few things that stopped me from shrieking about my love for this bookThe one thing I really really loved about this book was Aidan I enjoyed the way the author portrayed him and the way the author introduced him We re informed about his dismal home situation and we re informed about how hard he works at trying to prevent his father from losing the job that he s not actually doing how difficult he s finding the hospitalisation of his mother so from the very beginning of the book I found myself rooting for Aidan I liked him from the first page His direct way of speaking and the way he spoke to the reader he s a likable character He was misguided and struggling to find himself at times and because of that he made some bad decisions and whenever that happene. Nominated for the Carnegie MedalLonglisted for the Branford Boase AwardAidan needs his bike to deliver all the mail his postman dad’s been hoarding since his mum was sectioned But his bike’s just been stole.
D I would inwardly groan because I just really wanted him to make the right choices in life Aidan is a character can t help but root for He also had excellent character development he went from being a boy who was cynical hopeless and afraid to a boy who was inder and hopeful and just better Despite his awful situation that will have tears gathering in your eyesAnother character I loved was Daniel a boy who attends Aidan s school one who Aidan sometimes takes his hurt out on Aidan manages to get Daniel involved in the mystery enshrouding the prisoner and over the course of the novel the two boys strike up something like a friendship Like I previously stated I adore Daniel He s such a Love Is a Fairy Tale kind hearted genuine good person and despite the way Aidan treated him in the beginning of the novel he still remainedind he still treated Aidan with respect I loved his character I also liked how this book showed the wonderful positive impact a Promise at Dawn kind heart can have on someone who is struggling in this journey called lifeThen there was Haxforth the mysterious stranger chained in the warehouse Haxforth was a character that I thought really needed development He didn t feel three dimensional and I didn t really form anyind of connection to him and I think it s important that the reader does form a bond with him There s not much I can say about him as he was just there really and I never felt like I new him Perhaps that was to add to the magical atmosphere surrounding him but I just didn t form an emotional attachment to him Which brings me to my next pointI was uite disappointed with where this novel went in terms of Haxforth and magic I enjoyed the first half and I was intrigued the majority of the way through but I felt the ending was uite disappointing and the plot of this book was anticlimactic in general There weren t plot twists or a confrontation between the main character and the antagonists there was just a lack of important things happening I m still confused about this surely there would have been a dispute between Aidan and Christy I was left scratching my head once I d finished this book as I can t believe that Aidan never had a run in with the people involved with Haxforth s imprisonment It just didn t seem realistic enough and I feel like there should have been a resolved conclusion even though there was nothing to conclude but it feels like there should have beendoes that even make sense There wasn t anything that made me feel shocked or an event that implanted a fierce desire to speed through the pages The blurb promised magic and myth however it didn t deliver that We re told where Haxforth is from which became uite obvious at a certain point in the novel and there s about two or three pages of something otherworldly in this book but that s it I felt cheated in some sense as there wasn t an epic revelation or scenes of magic and myth and even the myth that was mentioned wasn t explained properly and I was uite flummoxed as to how this was meant to add anything to the story The majority of contemporary setting with the few scenes of magic weren t connected seamlessly together which made the contents of the book seem to be two wrong fitting puzzle piecesI did however like that this book was diverse in the sense that it featured mental illness and showed the turmoil that people with mental illness experience as well as the damaging effect it can have on the victim s family I also loved the writing in this book I adored the way the author wrote as if Aidan was speaking to us I loved the insightful uotes and I loved how smoothly the writing flowed Why I Went Back was a novel that I was expecting to be filled with magic and enchantment however it wasn t uite what I was expecting Despite that I loved the cast of characters who were authentic and complex I loved the message of hope infused throughout this book the message that no matter how tumultuous life can get things can and will improve The writing in this book was gorgeous It was conversational inviting and had a delectable NIn the early morning Aidan chases after the thieves hellbent on getting it back When he reaches the abandoned factory where they’ve stashed his bike he has moments to grab it and escape But he finds than jus.