Saturday, 23 February 2013

Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham

Title: Finding Cherokee Brown
Author: Siobhan Curham
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 4th March 2013
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult/Bullying/Contemporary/Family
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

His lips touched mine and for one split second the whole world stopped. Then every cell in my body fizzed into life...
When I decided to write a book about my life I thought I'd have to make loads of stuff up. I mean, who wants to read about someone like me?

But as soon as I started writing, the weirdest thing happened. I found out I wasn't who I thought I was. And I stopped being scared. Then everything went crazy!

Best of all, I discovered that when you finally decide to be brave it's like waving a wand over your life - the most magical things can happen.

Everything changes when you dare to dream... 

I really enjoyed reading Siobhan Curham's debut 'Dear Dylan' a while ago (you can see my review of it HERE) so I was excited when I was offered her new book, Finding Cherokee Brown, to review.

This book focuses on fifteen-year-old Claire Weeks. Claire is a nerd who gets bullied constantly, she has very low self esteem and her only friend moved far away. She doesn't get along very well with her parents and she has never known her real father.

As a way to escape her unpleasant life, she decides to write a book, which unknown to her, has the power to change her life for the better. On her fifteenth birthday, she finds out a big family secret that causes her to question everything she thought she knew about herself.

The author is fantastic at writing characters who you can relate to and feel empathy for. Claire aka Cherokee has several problems that most of us face at least once in our lives. It was nice to see her finally become the happy, confident person that she always wanted to be, watching her finally become herself. I loved watching her start to channel 'Cherokee' when she met her father, and start taking control of her life. She started sticking up for herself, which was great.

Anyone who is being bullied, has been bullied in the past, or is bullying someone should read this book. Cherokee is a very inspirational character and the book itself carries a powerful message. Overall, I loved this book! It is funny, poignant and really makes you think. 5/5!

3 comments:

  1. This book sounds really good! I haven't read Dear Dylan but I really want to and I'll be looking out for both books now. This does sound amazing. I'm really eager to read it! Cherokee sounds like a really nice character. Thanks for sharing, Amber!

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    1. Thanks Lucy! You would definitely love both books. :)

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  2. Great review - I haven't read Dear Dylan, but finished Finding Cherokee Brown a couple of days ago and really enjoyed it. I loved the Agatha Dashwood advice to authors!

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