A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Non Pratt’s book ‘Unboxed’. My friend Rachel already had a copy of the book and she won another copy, so she asked them to send it to me. And man am I grateful! I was sent the book and a beautiful postcard with a quote, signed by the author. It is so gorgeous.
Unboxed: beautiful, heartfelt, charming and awesome.
“Alix, Ben, Zara and Dean meet at their old school to keep a longstanding promise to open a memory box they left when they were thirteen. But there is a gaping hole – their friend Millie has died. When they open the box, secrets tumble out and old feelings rise to the surface”
When I first hear of a book with a group of friends with one missing I always worry that it’s just going to end up being a sombre, cry fest and this book was no different… at least I was worried it would be no different. Did it feel sombre? No. There were times when it was touching, where Millie’s death was touched on and let linger in the air, but never was it sombre or take over the story. Did it make me cry? Yes. Especially at the end. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but the ending feels perfect.
Alix’s inner turmoil about her big secret is something I think everyone can relate to. I think everyone has a secret that they’re hiding from the world. Be it big, or small, there’s something about us that we don’t want everyone to know in fear of judgement or fear of being turned away.
I really enjoyed the whole story. The characters were perfect. I especially liked Dean. But none of them felt out of place, none of them made sense without the other’s. Zara’s boyfriend is the only character I disliked… but that’s probably what is meant! This book was a delight. It was an easy read. It never felt like a burden to pick it up. It was never tough. I read it in a matter of hours. Absolutely devoured it. I love a book like that. You have to want to read a book. Otherwise you won’t read.
Absolutely recommend this to everyone. Whether you’re a new reader or a reading lover. It’s an easy read and it’s so true to friendships. We all have those friends who we fall away from and if there’s something to bring you all back together then you do it. This book addresses that push and pull of friendships beautiful.
There’s a lovely page at the end of this book which gives a bit of an explanation about the make up of the book. I liked that. Heavy pages and a certain colour to lessen the ‘ghosting’ of letters. The book is written in a dyslexia friendly font too, how incredible. This book would be incredible for reluctant readers. Good work Non and Barrington Stoke.
What about you? Have you read this book? Would you pick it up? The cover alone is one for me! Let me know, either in the comments or on twitter (@eenalol)