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Review: Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham


His lips touched mine and for one split second the whole world stopped.
Then every cell in my body fizzed into life . . .

When I decided to write a book about my life I thought I'd have to make loads of stuff up. I mean, who wants to read about someone like me?

But as soon as I started writing, the weirdest thing happened. I found out I wasn't who I thought I was. And I stopped being scared. Then everything went crazy!

Best of all, I discovered that when you finally decide to be brave it's like waving a wand over your life - the most magical things can happen . . 


My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book

For me this book was about two things

Firstly it was about family and knowing where you come from. At the start of this book Claire finds out that she isn't who she thought she was. Instead of being called Claire Weeks she was actually born Cherokee Brown and her absent father isn't in the USA like she thought but living in London not all that far away from her. Throughout this book you get to see how vital it is to Claire to know who she is and she she came from to be able to become the self confident young person she so desperately wants to be. I loved seeing the relationship between her and her father develops as the book goes on.

Secondly I really liked the insight this book had into bullying and the effect it can have on the self esteem of the person being bullied. For me the really heartbreaking thing was seeing the way in which Claire didn't feel she had anywhere to turn or anyone to go to to get help. She feels completely isolated and helpless which made her feel completely lost. This change however after she meets her father and suddenly Claire channels Cherokee and starts to fight back. I loved seeing her get that bit of control back and start to stick up for herself.

A fab read with real heart which I really enjoyed. Well worth a look. 

Comments

Jesse Owen said…
This is going straight onto my wishlist, it sounds fab!
Raimy-rawr said…
absolutely agree, its a brilliant book that everyone should read!