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BELIEVE BY JULIE MATHISON

RELEASE DATE: 4 AUGUST, 2020
PAGE COUNT: 232
genre: middle grade
MY RATING:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis:

Eleven-year-old Melanie knows she’s special. She’s never been bored. She understands the secret language of old houses and makes jewels out of broken glass. Her imagination can do anything — except make friends. It’s 1980, and life as a fifth grader at Buckminster Experimental School is lonely at best, when she’s not dodging Karen, the school bully. Then, Melanie meets Sabrina, who looks like a TV star and acts like a spy, and who doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She teaches Melanie how to believe in herself, and soon Melanie starts living her dreams. She even lands the lead in Peter Pan!
If only she could share it all with Mom. Missing her mom is like trying to breathe with one lung. It’s bad. Sabrina thinks they can track her down, and Melanie wants to believe, but sometimes it’s easier to pretend. Her new life feels like a house of cards, until one day it all comes crashing down and she finds herself with no choice but to face the truth… and let go.

Review:

Full of humor and wonder, BELIEVE explores the power and limits of the imagination – and how love both breaks and heals our hearts.

I am not gonna lie guys….but this is one of the best books that I have read in a while. This definitely goes down in my list of “All Time Favourite Books”. I don’t know if it was because I was reading it at 4.00 A.M. or if it was because I was particularly feeling emotional at that time…but this book made me cry….very hard.

Honestly, it’s been years since I have read a middle grade book that has stood out soo much. At first, the book felt and seemed quite ordinary. Nothing out of the blue. Simple friendship problems and bullies and the same old regular difficult life of a fifth grader. But once you reach the second part of the second half of the story……Guys, it makes up for everything that you could have possibly missed.

This quirky, heartfelt middle-grade novel about grief and the resilience of the human spirit will keep you guessing until the end.

I get this feeling that this book might come across with different meanings for different people…and that actually makes this a pretty good book. This is a book that even adults can read and actually enjoy. Although its for middle graders, there are certain topics which are just so thoughtful and heartfelt! One unique thing about this book is that: it explores dealing with grief, loneliness, depression and mental health issues through the eyes, mind and life of a seven year old. And I haven’t read many (any) books that have done that…..and pulled it off soo amazingly!!!

This is my new favourite guys! I am so thankful to NetGalley and the Author for providing me with a copy of this book. If I ever stop asking you to read this book, it would be too soon.

Now, let’s dive right into sharing some of my favourite lines:-
  1. “Does time exist in heaven?”

2. “Sometimes I have to listen really hard to learn about myself, which is strange since I live with myself all the time.”

3. “But after a while, even the saddest person in the world can’t cry anymore.”

4. “I wish I had an extra few lives lying around somewhere so I could be an actress and an explorer and a diplomat, and maybe run for president, all while I’m washing my hair and brushing my teeth.”

5. “If I could read books all the time, that’s just what I’d do. When I come home from the Fairview Public Library with an armload of books, I lay them all out on the living room floor and try to decide which to read first. Each one is like a shimmering orb of possibilty, especially when they’re all there side by side. I was going to say that reading a book is like going on a trip to a fantastical place, but it just occured to me that the way I mostly feel is that I’m home after having been away a long time.”

Do you have a favourite from this genre??

UNTIL NEXT TIME!

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