Blogtober 2018 · Reviews

Blogtober Day 24: Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson // Review

Title: Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson

Rating: ★★★

Release: 9th August 2018

Synopsis: Nothing ever happens on Kasia’s street. And Kasia would know, because her illness makes her spend days stuck at home, watching the world from her bedroom window. So when she sees what looks like a kidnapping, she’s not sure whether she can believe her own eyes . . . There was a girl in the window opposite – did she see something too? But when Kasia goes to find her she is told the most shocking thing of all. There is no girl.divider-2461548_1280

Have you ever seen something out of the window, that was so unbelievable? This is Kasia’s reality, but it’s about to get a whole lot worse…

I really enjoyed reading and getting to know Kasia. I loved how selfless she was – even when having to deal with her own difficult illness. The representation of chronic illness was done brilliantly. There are few books that tackle the topic, but I liked how it showed not only the bad days, but also the good.

It was also particularly good how it showed the viewpoint of others as they tried to understand her illness. The book was really well written and made me relate to Kasia so much.

The chapters from Reema were so interesting, and brilliant. They were enough to make me question what was happening, but not enough to feel like the ending was obvious.

The devastating topic that the book deals with shocked me, but once again Penny did it justice. Not only did it raise awareness of real situations like this, but it gave victims such as Rema a voice.

Each character worked so well and I loved how supportive Kasia’s family were of her and everything she did.

Overall, this was a brilliantly written book, that although slow at times, raised awareness of some difficult topics, in brilliant ways.

You can buy Girl in the Window on Amazon UK here!

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