Back of the book :
You have never acknowledged
my existence, nor I yours.
But you are a circus act all
your own and I cannot
help but be your audience.
Jasmine loves two things : her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is …
Matt loves two things : his family – and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom.
One News Years Eve, two people’s paths collide. Both have time on their hands : both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.
Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on …..
What I think :
Jasmine loves her work and her sister Heather, who has Downs Syndrome. But then she loses her job and doesn’t really know what to do. She’s been put on ‘gardening leave’ for a year by her ex work partner.
Matt is a DJ on the local radio station. The only problem is that he gets drunk every night and causes a huge scene outside his house. When is wife leaves him and takes the children, Matt is quite lost.
Jasmine is woken most nights by Matt coming home, one night Jasmine meets Matt in the street and they slowly become friends. But can Jasmine help Matt make his life better, when she cant work out her own ?
The book is set over a year and is in four sections, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
It’s written from Jasmine’s perspective. I think she is quite a lost but likeable person, that really doesn’t know what direction her life is going in now that she’s lost her job.
The book has a small cast of characters that seem really human and likeable, my favourite has got to be Dr Jameson, he’s such a calm gentle soul that you really warm to. At the start I really didn’t like Matt very much, he seemed pretty selfish, but then as I carried on reading he began to grow on me.
This book did make me feel quite sad in places, because its such a shame when a person has got no direction in their life, as in the case of Matt, you just want to scream at them to ‘get a grip’.
As always Cecelia’s wonderful style of writing is present, a little bit dark with a hint of humour thrown in for good measure. She always weaves a wonderful tale of life and families.
The moral of this story is don’t ever judge a book by its cover, because things are rarely never what they seem.
This is a beautiful, life changing story. This book is going to be on my mind for quite a while.
I give this thought provoking book a well earned 9/10.
Published on 09/10/14 by Harper Collins
I purchased this book at Tesco – £8:49.