Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott

Liv is a typical teenager. Until now. Until her mother contracts a terminal illness- and Liv doesn’t know how to deal with it.

The truth is unbearable and there is no way for Liv to escape from it. As well as dealing with her mum’s illness Liv must look after her older brother, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. She can only run and hide from life with photography. Because her mum won’t always be there for her to run to.

Liv must learn to accept the inevitable.

This book was heart-wrending. The language and description at the subject of Liv’s mother’s illness was so strong and powerful that I was almost in tears. However, disappointingly, this level of writing was not displayed through out the book, lowering the book’s quality whereas otherwise it would be such a high quality book. However, the subject of Liv’s photography was an interesting and original diversion from the morbid plot of the book and helped to characterise Liv more.

I was gripped by this story and would very highly recommend this to any eleven year old and up.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott

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