Book review by Shivani Handa, aged 12 years old
Honestly, this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time! Dandelion Clocks – an expressive and fascinating book that is sure to take many children and even adults by surprise. Differing from most other books aimed at 9-15 year olds, Dandelion Clocks gives you a refreshing twist. An extremely touching subject with emotional scenes that can leave you smiling and very moved at the same time. This results in the book forever in your hands, eyes glued to each word.
The book is about an 11-year-old girl called Olivia, (although referred to as Liv throughout the story) and her life over the span of six months. It starts with the chapter ‘Three months after’ which is only a page long, yet leaves you on a cliffhanger wanting to find out more.
From ‘Thirteen weeks before’ to ‘Six months after,’ Liv explains to us the short yet emotionally challenging few months of her life. I understand early on from the book that Liv has a certain passion for photography and can always be found outside taking pictures of anything she might like to remember. This skill is mentioned throughout the whole story and she ends up making great memories with some pictures she has takenover the years. Liv’s character is portrayed as very responsible as she attempts to take care of her older brother who is very certain on ‘sticking to the rules’. Her life seems to be going well for quite a while until her mum comes back with some news. After this, the family of four must learn to deal with the fact that their mum’s condition is serious and they must learn to accept that. A box full of her mum’s childhood diaries keeps Liv strong and helps her realise that it is okay to smile once in a while.
I really like the message of this book. Although very emotional, it teaches you that after a while, you will find that sense of empowerment to help you move on, without forgetting all the memories or letting go of the past.
Rebecca Westcott’s capability to intrigue the reader throughout the whole story is a real talent. There are many light-hearted scenes which can leave you feeling happy and empathetic all at once. Also, some small scenes between Liv and her family are easily relatable, which can make you smile whilst reading.
Overall, I think Dandelion Clocks was an absolutely amazing book that many people will love, especially younger fans of ‘The Fault in our Stars’. This book has really shown me what kind of author Rebecca Westcott is and I will be sure to read her others as well! I encourage everyone to buy this book, as it is definitely one to read at least once , and maybe even better, twice!
What books have you read which offers many life challenges in the storyline?