Thursday, July 7, 2016
Book Review : Some Kind of Happiness
This book broke my heart.
To be honest I am little unsure how to even process the feelings this book gave me. For a children's book, this book is incredibly deep.
It follows a cute little girl named Finley Hart, a young eleven-year-old. She is quite a character. This little girl was such a developed character, that it almost seemed to me that she was older than she was. The author made her a little wise for her young years, but still I loved her.
She is a shy girl that loves writing in notebooks. She has been writing about a mysterious forest called Everwood for years. She has a vivid mind and is a smart girl. This girl had so many thoughts, feelings, and opinions, but kept them to herself. She also was very hurt, broken, and she felt trapped. This really hurt me, I wanted to cheer her up throughout the book.
Her parents have dropped her off to spend the summer with her grandparents, and randomly the rest of her family? She gets to meet part of her family she has never seen, then she is forced to live with them. The father has had a rough relationship with his parents, we can all relate to that at some point in our life. She has quite the adventure at her grandparent's house, but I won't spoil the story for you.
Depression isn't talked about at this level. Most children's books are filled with fluff and lack a deeper meaning, but not Some Kind of Happiness. The title itself invokes a longing of emotion. Finley Hart is struggling with severe anxiety and depression, and she has no idea who to turn to. "Her blue days" are overwhelming and stressful when childhood should be a time of fun.
As a child that had depression, undiagnosed until middle school this book was comforting to me. I feel like this book would have really helped me as a child. I am excited to see a conversation started about childhood depression. This book proves that your feelings are valid, and you don't need to hide them away.
Claire Legrand breaks the seal on childhood mental illness. It was honestly like she was with me when I was going through childhood, or maybe she read all those journals I threw away. She is raw but firm.
Some Kind of Happiness is a book that I am incredibly thankful for. This is one book the world desperately needed. If you are interested in purchasing this book check out these links:
Amazon // Barnes and Noble // Book Depository
THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT
• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said, grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)
Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real--and holds more mysteries than she'd ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.
With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.
Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination.