Author: Siobhan Curham
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 4th March 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Bullying/Contemporary/Family
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
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!