TW: death, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, attempted sexual assault, alcoholism, suicide, and mention of abortion
Tbh, I think that’s the longest list of possible triggers that I’ve ever written. But, anyways, this was an excellent book. I’ve had this book on my list for ages. I was able to read a preview of it on BookishFirst, but I didn’t win the book. Finally, I’ve read it. And it was good. Really good.
This follows the story of four children who go to see a fortune teller. She can tell them the day that they die. And she tells them. The oldest is thirteen, the youngest seven.
From there, the book follows each sibling in the turn that they die. And all of them have very different reactions to what they’re being told. Two venture off to be the people they’ve always been inside. Two stay at home.
But are all them happy?
I think I enjoyed this book so much because it’s so different. It’s refreshing. It takes how people in the same family react to finding out at such a young age that they’re not immortal, that they will die one day down the line. And how they all react very differently to what is coming despite having the same upbringing.
The biggest con with this book is how it’s structured. Each part is a different sibling’s life, making it very separate to read. Because as soon as one dies, it’s the next one to take the stage… and you don’t know what’s happened in their life up to that point.
It would have made the book stronger to follow all of them at once in a more blended format. With it being so separate, I had to play catch-up to find out what was going on with all of them rather than just knowing it already, knowing what led up to them being who they are. I think it would have made me more attached to the characters if it had been that way.
But is it still a great book? Yes. It’s totally great and I really enjoyed it. It just had that one big con for me.
What are your favorite family saga books? Have you read this one? What did you think of it?