Review: Cinnamon Rain.

Review: Cinnamon Rain.

Walker Books Australia, 2012.

Cinnamon Rain is a must read.
It should be read by millions.
An outstanding contemporary.

I ordered this off the internet and had no idea it was a verse novel until i opened up the book. I was intrigued. I had never read a verse novel. It took me a bit to get use to this new style, but once i did, i was hooked. Once i started reading i could not stop and devoured it in one sitting. Don’t let the fact that this is a verse novel stop you from reading this because it is an amazing book.

It’s an uplifting, inspirational book about hope. Hope that life can be better. And it can.
This book should win awards.

It is told in 3 parts. The first from Luke’s point of view, the second from Casey’s POV, and finishing with Bongo’s, each part overlapping before continuing on, resulting in a full picture by the end.
It was a very clever way of doing it, different and fresh. I think it’s quiet an art to cover so much in so little words, to create characters that were so real, so full of life and utterly captivating.

Luke, Bongo, and Casey go to the same high school and are close friends. They are at the end of their school life and decisions about the future have to be made. Life is about to change.
An opportunity arises for Luke that will take him into the city and away from Casey, the only girl he has ever loved.
Bongo is living in hell with a stepfather that hits him and a drug addicted mother who is failing rehab, and he needs to get out.
Casey is suffering under an over bearing father and she wants to get out, too.
After only having each other, life pulls them apart, they have to go and find their place in the world, figure out who they are.

This is a story of friendship, of courage, of love, and the roller-coaster ride that is life.

This is a book the world needs.

5 out of 5.

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