The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

This book tells the story of Andrea (or Andy) and what she goes through after her parents get divorced and move in with different people. The whole thing is written in the first person, from Andy’s perspective, and she tells you all the little things which secretly bother her, tells lots of small kind of in-jokes and lots of other things which make this a very enjoyable read.

This book is aimed at children and the main character is a child, but I think the appeal of this book spans all ages. There are some universal human feelings at the centre of this book and I believe that anybody will be able to relate to it in some way or another. Throughout the story, Andy looks back nostalgically at the time when she and her parents lived together at Mulberry Cottage, and really dislikes the fact that her current life is greatly inferior to it. I think everybody will know this feeling, I’m sure we all spend a little too much time every now and then, looking back at some time in the past and missing the bygone golden years. But sometimes we fail to realise that another golden age may be just around the corner, and this is what this book is about.

Also, what’s interesting to note is that while the story is told through the eyes of a child, it certainly does not take place in a kiddified version of the real world. There are these occasional references to things which make it quite clear that the world Andrea lives in is, indeed, our own… Even if she does like to occasionally escape into little fantasies with her toy rabbit Radish (which are lovely by the way.)

But, anyway, I have nothing bad to say about this book. I quite happily give it a 10/10 (this is a score I have given to only one other book.)

Buy it here.

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