BEING EMILY by ANNE DONOVAN
Things are never dull for the O'Connell family. Squeezed between her quiet older brother and the mischievous line-dancing twins, Fiona finds her escape in the books of Emily Bronte. But tragedy is not confined to Victorian novels, and life for Fiona is about to change forever.
Moving, funny and ultimately heartwarming, Being Emily is a wonderful novel about one young girl trying to find her place in the world amid the turmoil that only your own family can create.
.... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Through in the livin room Patrick was paintin the fireplace while Mona and Rona practised their linedancin.
MEMORABLE MOMENT(Page 16): Ah sat in the swing next tae Jemma's, started to move higher and higher, usin ma knees tae power me. Ah loved the squidgy feelin in my belly, felt ah was flyin. Ah kept on swingin, fast and high for a few minutes, then let the swing slow doon till it idled and stopped.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A Reading Group read, this will be returned for other groups to read.
As with every 'rule' there is the exception and I'm afraid to say that this novel was very nearly the exception to my rule that says when I have started a book I must finish it. I put it down and picked it up on so many occasions that I thought I would never get it read and I must confess that I did skip whole paragraphs.
Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the author chose to write much of the dialogue as it would have been spoken (my Memorable Moment being an example) which meant that, at best, I was having to reread large bits of the book several times and, at worse, I was totally unable to follow what was being said which, I'm afraid, almost ashamed, to say meant I never found myself involved with the characters let alone the plot.