Today, I want to share my thoughts about a book called “Some Kind of Happiness” by Claire Legrand. If you don’t know, Legrand is one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her writing since I read “The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls”, earlier this year. Let’s just get into it…
THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT
• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)
Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.
With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.
Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination.
It is so often for me to read a book and not getting the feel of it until half way of the book. There are so many great books out there, but there are few books that you know you will never forget. For me, Some Kind of Happiness is one of them. I am drawn deeply since the first page.
Our main character Finley Hart, is an 11 years old girl who loves to write, and live in the story that she created. Writing for her it’s an escape from all the struggles that she needs to face. Which are her family and herself. This book is told from the first-person point of view, so you get to see exactly how she feels in details. Every struggle and every thought. It’s like being able to read her mind completely.
This book is 374 pages. There are around 10 characters in this book, yet it is so easy to know them one by one. To be honest, I adore a lot of characters in this book. However, there are not much characters developments, and there’s not much exciting plot twist. Rather, you get to follow the journey as it goes, and expect certain things to happen along the way.
Because of that, I believe some people will find it boring. However, for me, that exactly the point of the book. To show the glimpse of someone’s feeling who is struggling, depressed, and hurt. To understood that when it comes to these things, to be free from it, is not as easy as blinking your eyes. Human feelings are complex, and Legrand’s writing expressed it perfectly.
I grab the crystal glass to the right of my plate and gulp down some water. When I set the glass back down, I see the prints my sweaty fingers has left behind. I feel a sense of deep, sudden friendship with that smudge. That is me. My aunts and uncles, my grandparents, my beautiful, beautiful cousins – I am smudge on their glass.”
Before summing up, I need to mention that there is a fantasy in it. However, it is not focus on that, even though you will sense it throughout the book.
If you’re wondering, yes this is a book about a girl who suffer from depression, and other things. But to me, it is so much more than that. As someone who never experienced acute depression, I can relate to this book in so many ways. I’ve been struggled too, even in a different way. I can relate to Finley’s problem with her parents, even though mine is not ended up as Finley’s does. This book taught me that life sucks sometimes. There are things that we can’t control, but this book also taught me that it is okay to feel the way we feel, to just be me.
Ratings: 5/5 stars… maybe more like 8/5 stars.