WaterstonesI have to admit, I was a little disappointed with this book. I expected more from someone like Jacqueline Wilson. However, this book just didn’t have it for me.
The story is about two siblings, Violet and Will. Will is adopted and bullies Violet to the point where it is emotional and mental abuse. However, this has got nothing to do with Will being adopted, he abused Violet before he knew he was adopted, the abuse just seems to be because he wants to torture his crybaby sister.
I know similar situations can happen in real life, but the character development and the plot overall just seems flat for such a successful writer.
Violet struggles to maintain friends and has an obsession with making fairy ragdolls based on her favourite author Casper Dreams. She hates her brother’s mind games, but there is no change except her decision to spend more time with the new girl, Jasmine than with her brother while Jasmine is studying at their school. Will is a sulky boy who tortures his sister when the parents aren’t around and gives them a hard time for not telling him he is adopted.
While Violet has interesting hobbies and talents, she has no motivation. She’s thirteen years old, but seems like six when it comes to her brother. I understand he is supposed to be controlling, but even when he’s hiding in his room, she still tries to cling on to him and spend time with him despite knowing his games are likely to torture and terrify her.
I feel she just needed to develop a bit, grow a backbone, rebel and learn to stand up for herself as the story develops.
It’s not a bad read, probably perfect for beginner readers, but I don’t think it is one of her best books. I just feel nothing significant happened or changed except Violet got to meet her favourite author and discover that she had a talent with ragdoll making. I mean did anything really change at the end?
Very unusual for Jacqueline Wilson.