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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece hit me like a punch square to

    My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece hit me like a punch square to the
    heart. Told through the eyes of Jamie, who doesn't even remember Rose,
    My Sister is unflinchingly honest and raw. Jamie is lonely, and
    awkward. He just doesn't fit in no matter where he is. This poor sweet
    boy just wants his family to see him without the cloud of Rose hanging
    over them, to gain some sort of closure. Rose was killed five years ago,
    and his parents can't seem move on. They still act as if Rose is there
    with them; speaking to her ashes, preparing her a plate at special
    occasions, and neglect Jamie and Jas. Looking for a fresh start, they
    move out of London. Once there, the routine stays much the same,
    revolving around Rose. Jamie reluctantly becomes friends with Sunya, a
    vibrant and happy girl, who is treated poorly by classmates because she
    is Muslim. Sunya's personality wins Jamie over. But the fact that Sunya
    is Muslim troubles Jamie, whose father is adamantly racist because the
    attack that took Rose was carried out by Muslim terrorists. Jamie tries
    desperately to reclaim his family, but along the way learns that we each
    must make our own choices and move on the only way we know how. My
    Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece is a fairly short book, but every single
    page carries an extraordinary amount of emotion. I can't say that I
    enjoyed the story, because it is so emotionally charged and a difficult
    subject. But it was very, very beautifully written journey and I didn't
    want to put it down until I'd finished. I've become a parent, I've
    realized that children are the bravest storytellers. They simply tell
    the story as they see it; no rewrites, no glossing over.With it's
    awkward but resilient main character and exploration of the lasting
    effects of grief on the family unit, I was constantly reminded of About
    a Boy and The Lovely Bones. If you're looking for a beautiful story of
    grief and resilience, My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece may be the book
    for you.

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