Hi again guys!
Today I’m taking part in the Blog Tour for this debut from Transworld Books, The Things We Thoughts We Knew by Mahsuda Smith.
Blurb (From Penguin Random House’s Website)
‘An original and affecting coming-of-age novel’ The Observer
‘Fuses life’s big themes with daily minutiae … A voice of the next generation’ Stylist
‘A vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship‘ The Independent
Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went into the woods to play.
But now everything has changed.
Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed plagued by chronic pain syndrome. And her best friend Marianne is gone.
How did their last adventure go so wrong? Who is to blame? And where is Marianne?
Heartbreaking, bittersweet and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.
The first thing I noticed was the bright and colourful cover, nothing like what the blurb mentions, this cover, to me is kinda like a sign of hope, bright and colourful to match with the sunny summer days we’re having.
It’s not until you begin to read the book that you realize that this is not the case. It’s a story of mysteries and who-dunnits. To me, Ravine is solving a kind of mystery. Stuck to her bed all day and with only a notepad and her memories as company, she sees her past in a different light and, throughout the book, works through it.
It’s definitely an interesting read, where we’re given different points of view from Ravine as a young child, not understand more adult themes, to Ravine as an adult who now understands that what she saw as a child, was not what it seemed.
A wonderful debut and definitely worth adding to your Summer TBR.
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