Mini Review: An Island of Our Own

Thursday, 26 March 2015
Author: Sally Nicholls
Edition: Scholastic ARC
Releases: 2nd April 2015 (in a week!)
Series: n/a (Standalone)
Pages: 216 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Preorder the book!

From one of the brightest talents in children's fiction and the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship. Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. When the family's wealthy but eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they go to visit her. Unable to speak or write, she gives Holly some photographs that might lead them to an inheritance that could solve all their problems. But they're not the only ones after the treasure...

An Island of Our Own is just one of those novels you pick up one day and you don't necessarily have a reason why. It wasn't a novel I particularly enjoyed, yet it's not one I regret reading.

If you'd like a quick, light read that's a realistic interpretation of normal life, you could always give this one a go. It's a seriously short read that will fly by. Though I didn't quite connect to it in the way I thought I might going in to it, as I've said, it wasn't a story I regretted spending time reading.

The main character was a little too forward and selfish for me but her character was undeniably and realistically childish in manner so I can see how some people could easily look by this. However, there was something in me that felt for her big brother, Jonathan, and the way he was struggling to provide for his younger siblings.

Overall, it was an alright read. Not really my cup of tea but I can see how others will like it.

Huge thank you to Scholastic for providing me with an ARC of this book! :)
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

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