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Sophie Someone by Hayley Long

A remarkable tale of confusion and betrayal - and a very special girl called Sophie.

'Some stories are hard to tell.
Even to your very best friend.
And some words are hard to get out of your mouth. Because they spell out secrets that are too huge to be spoken out loud.
But if you bottle them up, you might burst.
So here's my story. Told the only way I dare tell it.'

Sophie Nieuwenleven is sort of English and sort of Belgian. Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she's fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is. This is a story about identity and confusion - and feeling so utterly freaked out that you just can't put it into words. But it's also about hope. And the belief that, somehow, everything will work out OK.

SOPHIE SOMEONE is a tale of well-intentioned but stupid parenting, shock, acceptance and, ultimately, forgiveness, written in a brave, memorable and unique language all of its own.

My thoughts 

This book is so different and I really enjoyed it lots.

The main quirk of this book is the fact that Sophie has developed her own language substituting words for others which at first seems confusing but as the book progresses gets easier to get your head around until you are at the point where you are reading it without realising.

I liked the mystery element to this story and finding out more about Sophie's family and the hidden secrets surrounding them.

A really different and interesting UKYA offering which I thoroughly enjoyed.


Unknown said…
I saw this in the latest Hot Key Books drop and I'm kind of interested but I'm not sure if it's something I'll enjoy or not! It does sound intriguing though.