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Posted July 1, 2013
15 Days Without a Head' is a poignant tale of the hope and despa
15 Days Without a Head' is a poignant tale of the hope and despair of a brother who desperately searches for his mother who has gone missing, while protecting his brother at the same time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A story like this always tugs at the heartstrings because there's always that deep feeling of 'what if this happened to me when I was younger', or 'I went through something similar or am going through this now'. There's something really sad about a mother disappearing and leaving her children to survive as best they can with what they have. The plot of '15 Days Without a Head' is earthy and real. The setting was also interesting because this book was based in England. Usually, I read books where the setting is America, so this was a nice change.
Laurence is the type of character that I admire. Instead of falling apart, he stays strong, desperately acting as the figurehead to try and keep his small family together. He does desperate, almost comically funny, things to keep it that way. His only ally in the madness his world has become is a girl he barely knows. I really enjoyed his interactions with the other characters. He just seemed so real to me.
The secondary characters gave '15 Days Without a Head' depth. They gave the story its light, fluffy moments. I didn't feel that there were any characters that had been placed in the story that were there for the sake of it. They all had important parts to play.
The writing was good, but as much as I enjoyed it, it seemed kind of flat. I enjoyed the characters voice and some parts were comically funny while other parts were sad. The pace was slow and I must admit that I found myself drifting off in some places.
All in all, I enjoyed the story, but I didn't love it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction.
Book review written by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts
Posted May 7, 2013
Laurence isn¿t your typical 15-year-old. He lives in a run-down,
Laurence isn’t your typical 15-year-old. He lives in a run-down, small apartment infested with roaches, a brother who thinks he’s a dog at times, and an alcoholic mother. But that changes when Laurence wakes up one morning to find that his mom didn’t return home from work the night before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Determined not to let outsiders know what’s going on, and telling himself and his little brother that, “Mom will come back soon”, Laurence lives the most dangerous 15 days he’s ever known. No money, running out of food, and a nosey neighbor that would turn them into social workers are the stakes he’s playing against. But he’s convinced he has a couple of advantages. One being the late night radio contest he’s been sneaking out to enter. If he wins, he wins a family trip to any vacation spot they want. He knows this win will bring his mom back from her drunken stupor and make them a family again. At least, he hopes it will. At the very least, it will put her in a good mood. The second ace in his hand is a girl from school, who keeps his secret and helps keep him and his brother alive.
Although a gloomy and serious story, Cousins manages to fill the pages with bits of humor and lightness that equal out the trials Laurence is experiencing. A touching story about sticking together as a family, forgiveness, and learning to trust again, 15 Days Without a Head is a great read.
Rating: I’d give this a solid 4/5 and rate the content as PG for some mild language and drinking.