Review: The Brightness of Stars

          ***Sponsored review.  I received a free ebook copy of this book in return for writing a review.

The Brightness of Stars Book cover image

Through Goodreads I received a request to read & review this book, which of course I gladly accepted.

As I read the Acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, I started to get a sense of how emotional this book was going to be.

The Brightness of Stars is a first hand account of what it is like to have been a child/young person in the British ‘Care’ system.  It is brilliantly written and comes across as both inspiring and thought-provoking.

Together with the author’s own story, there are stories from other ‘care leavers’.  Although their situations and stories differ, there are several reoccurring themes, including abuse & neglect, but most importantly, what I would call, resilience.  These individuals have chosen to make the most of their lives and not let their experiences drag them down.  They have “managed to create a positive life from a negative environment”.  This may have taken time, intervention, assistance & love (including self-love), but it shows that the spiral can be broken.

Within the book Lisa states:

“This ‘new’ climate of knowledge around abuse and vulnerable children means that there is a very real window of opportunity for change.”

I completely agree and I hope that the British Government & its agencies realise this before that window closes and we miss the opportunity to make a difference.

In my opinion, this book should be mandatory reading for social workers, education & medical professionals and anyone else who is involved with the British Care system.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Brightness-Stars-Stories-Through/dp/0956331092/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370637643&sr=8-1&keywords=the+brightness+of+stars

My Favourite Book of All Time

In preparation for taking my GCSEs *cough*cough* years ago, we were told that we needed to buy the set texts to study in English.  At the time it proved harder to get hold of this book than you would think.  In fact now a days I have even seen this book for sale in the local supermarket. This book that I thought that I would hate and would never read again after my exams, became my favourite book ever.  One that I have read & re-read numerous times.  So what is the book that I am talking about?  It is the famous…

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee        To Kill A Mockingbird book cover image

It tells the tale of a small southern US town, which includes some very serious & unpleasant events.  The story is told through the eyes of a little girl called Scout, who is guided by her wise father, Atticus, her brother Jem & their cook Calpurnia.  The book tackles several important issues including racism, equality, morals and ethics.

To Kill A Mockingbird quote

The book has become extremely popular and in the UK this is probably due to it being a set text for GCSEs.  I have seen the film version starring Gregory Peck & although it was a great adaptation, I was upset that the film makers had completely changed the ending.  In my opinion there was no need to do this.

What is your all time favourite book?