A VVivacous Review: The Boy Who Fell to Earth by A. Zukowski

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

One Day. A body dumped in your front yard. A breathing body. A living one.

As Jay and his mother try to figure out what to do with the obviously injured boy dumped in their yard, a connection is forming, a connection that is going to change the course of their lives because it takes less than one day to change your life forever.

Sasha has no idea why Jay can’t leave him alone but getting to feel loved was something he never thought would happen for him. Now the question is can Sasha turn his life around and be who Jay wants him to be? And does he even dare to be who he wants to be?

I felt numb after reading this one. This was a difficult one to read but despite the pain, I somehow still couldn’t let go of the book and read it almost continuously till the end.

This book is one that improves as it gets further along. Initially, when I started the book, the characterisation of Jay felt a bit unnatural, he seemed, acted and behaved innocently in situations of which he shouldn’t have been innocent of, but I feel like this is a bit of a deliberate misguide. For you see when the story starts off Jay is only fifteen but he thinks of himself as almost sixteen so I kind of thought of him as a sixteen-year-old in my head. God knows why but sixteen seems way bigger than fifteen, bigger than the one year difference would imply. In hindsight, Jay’s behaviour makes sense but initially, I really couldn’t believe the fact that he was as innocent as he claimed to be.

One of the biggest problems I had with this book which was thankfully only confined to the beginning of the book was Jay’s statements of Sasha not being a victim, like, oh he was no victim. I felt like the way the sentence is framed makes it appear like being a victim is a bad thing and that just had me very wary because it seemed to come really close to victim blaming. Either because Jay is really immature in the beginning and he does grow up towards the end, these statements don’t find any place later in the book.

Sasha is a much easier character to love. He is troubled. He is homeless, addicted and soliciting to fund his addiction but for reasons unknown I got him. I got who he was and why he was the way he was and even when he went back, I could never find a fault in his character. He just spoke to me. While Jay, on the other hand, took some getting used to, he starts off as really immature and naïve but I liked his character’s journey and it was nice to see him grow and really flourish. One of the best things about Jay would have to be the fact that he never gave up on Sasha no matter what he did and I felt like something like that is probably the strongest thing to help you heal even though you eventually have to realise that you need to fight this fight for nobody but you.

The way this story is written makes for a very compelling read. I read this book in stretches stopping only for work because I found myself invested in Sasha from the very beginning. I really can’t understand the almost instantaneous connection that Jay forms with Sasha which is the catalyst for all the events in this story but somehow it still makes sense in context with the story. I was really invested in these two characters by the end of the story because reading that epilogue imparted a sense of peace to me.

I feel like this is a very worthwhile read even if it gets too painful at times, it leaves you with a sense of peace.

Cover Art by A. Zukowski. I love the cover for this book. Firstly the picture is amazing and I love the font choices for the cover. Secondly, it really works in the context of the book, the cover really compliments the story inside.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published April 2017 by Smashwords (first published March 31st 2017)
Original TitleThe Boy Who Fell to Earth
Edition Language English
settingLondon, England (United Kingdom)

 

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