No Sad Songs

Frank Morelli
Reading Order: Book 21
Categories: 2019, Stuart Browning
Pages: 216
Suggested By: Wayne Barton & The Original Manchester Book Group
Date Started: July 23, 2019
Date Finished: July 27, 2019
Reason Book was Chosen: We asked Wayne Barton (author of Peach) when he visited our book club in July to recommend a novel for us to read. He suggested No Sad Sons by Frank Morelli and we are due to discuss the novel at our September meeting.
My Thoughts

I must admit I really enjoyed this novel,  I wasn’t sure what to expect from it but I was very entertained and read it in just five days (which is very fast for me).

The circumstances that befall 18 yr old Gabe I wouldn’t wish on anyone,  and I think Morelli’s telling of Gabe’s emotional state is very well done.  Obviously I disagree with Gabe hiding his Grandfather’s involvement in a hit and run however having never been in that position I wouldn’t know how I’d react (I’d like to think I would tell the truth from the start).   I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride his friendship with John went through as they argued and fell out with each other throughout the ordeal but  I found it unrealistic that Gabe got the girl (not Sofia the other one) as I don’t think that would ever happen (however short lived it was).  But I was happy that he formed a relationship with Sofia who I felt was the novel’s most interesting character (I would have liked more Sofia in the novel).

Dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia is very difficult and I think this novel does a brilliant job of bringing the enormity of the task of looking after someone with the disease to a YA audience.

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