The Book of My 12 year old life
A few years ago, in year 4, I saw this book in the catalogue and I was instantly drawn to it after reading the description. Flashback 2 years later, I finally read the book and it didn’t disappoint. Despite the relatively easily vocabulary for its target audience, it still inspired me. It was one of the hallmarks of my 12-year-old reading. I was constantly on the edge of my seat as I was reading and it was one of those books I binge-read within a couple of days, then kept on rereading until I got the sequel. I would say this book changed my book preferences.
‘All Fall Down’ is centred on a girl who suffers emotional turmoil after her mother is killed. Throughout the story, she goes on a rollercoaster of deep emotions as she finds more about why her mother was killed. Her determination and sense of adventure as well as her complexity- putting up a strong face that she tries to believe in, makes her a likeable character. Set in Embassy Row ( she lives in the US embassy), in a country with a deep history, she discovered that everything is connected and not as she expected. It’s the thrill of the plot, that removes you from reality and into a completely different world; and how you can fully immerse yourself and feel like her, that makes it such a fulfilling book to read.
It’s also part of a trilogy and the audience would be for young adults. I hope you read it too! What did you like about it?