Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
For me this book is very reminiscent of Inside Out, the 2015 Disney Pixar movie. Our protagonist, Cherry Redgrave, can see feelings or "Medlums" as they are referred to in the book. She uses this ability to help others, as she discovers early on that she doesn't only see other people's feelings, but she can affect them as well.
Cherry herself is a very sweet character. She has a history marred with sad events that have left her dealing with panic attacks and a very different view of the world (she only wears pajamas)! Which I would love to do. Life would be so much better if I could go to work in PJ's and slippers (as long as it not raining)! But I digress...
It's through these events that she learns she can help others and that becomes her escape/her new purpose in life. I love the idea of being able to pour feelings into your baking. It brings a whole new meaning to "made with love"!
We start out following Cherry going around helping to fix other peoples problems and in fixing those problems we are brought quite the twist! It quickly turns from the sweet idealistic world of "feeling down, have some cake" to a very dark and scary 1984 style world, where Big Brother is watching! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it. It took this novel from a sweet YA romance story to something much darker. I did not see it coming.
While I think this was brilliant story, there was a moment that didn't make sense to me. A character who shouldn't have been able to see Cherry's Medlum, looks at it and comments on the fact that she's had that particular Medlum since they were young. I don't want to say the character's name, but you know it if you've read it. This however, is only minor and it doesn't effect the story line, it's just a moment between the two characters.
There was also a character that was supposed to be very unemotional, but she comes across as quite nasty and sarcastic at times, which didn't seem to fit.
The overall theme for the book is "You can't appreciate the good, without having to deal with the bad." For me, this is something that helps me get through tougher moments in life. I always think it makes for a good moral basis to a story.
Carrie Hope Fletcher is fast becoming one of my favourite Authors. I love the way she melds the mundane and the magical. It creates a perfect world to escape to!
This book, a lot like her last, has a warmth to it that lets Carrie's enjoyment of writing shine through. It just makes it that much more difficult to put down. I can't help but think that it's her obsession with Disney that has helped her develop such a brilliant way of story telling.
I for one, can not wait for Carrie's next novel. I wonder where she'll take us next!
If you've read this book, I'd love to know what you think, so please leave a comment below. I'll be reading Gulliver's Travels next, why not join me?