Author: David Owen
Genre: YA Contemporary/ magical realism
Published by: Atom Books
Publication date: 05/03/20
My rating: ★★★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
15-year-old Owen Marlow is experiencing a great, disorienting loss after his father suddenly passed away and his mother moved them to a new town. None of his old friends knew how to confront his grief, so he’s given up on trying to make new ones. There is one guy at school who might prove to be different if he gives him a chance but lately, Owen has been overwhelmed by his sadness. He’s started to have strange, powerful hallucinations of skeletal birds circling above him. Owen tells himself that these visions are just his brain’s way of trying to cope – until one night, the birds descend and take him to an otherworldly forest. There, he is asked to go on a dangerous journey that promises to bring him the understanding he so desperately seeks – if he can survive it.
Grief Angels is an urgent and heartfelt look at the power of nostalgia and the many different forms of grief. It’s about young men learning how to share their stories, and teens discovering who they are, and who they might one day become.
I received a free review copy from Atom Books in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been trying to write this review for over two months now. Not because I didn’t like it, quite the opposite really, I’m still lost for words. It’s not often a book comes along that leaves you with so many thoughts and feelings you don’t quite know what to do with yourself, where you don’t realise you’re crying until you put the book down. I’m starting to wonder if it’s even possible to write a coherent review.
A new David Owen book is always a highlight for me, not only are they a privilege to read, but they get better every time. This one is just phenomenal. I was completely blown away by the beauty of it, Grief Angels is unlike anything I’ve read, mixing contemporary and magical realism to tell a story about grief, friendship, nostalgia and finding yourself.
I lost count of the amount of times I had to put the book down to reflect on a particular passage or quote. I don’t think I’ve read a book that highlights the many shades and types of grief and the complexities and inner conflict that comes with it. Grief Angels is an incredible and powerful story, taking readers on a journey alongside Owen, coming out the other side a different person.
I know I haven’t done the best job of selling this book, it’s one that’s unique and personal to each reader, read it yourself and you’ll see why