Author: Sarah Moon
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Realistic Fiction
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Thanks to Scholastic for sending me a copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.
Sparrow is a story about healing that will touch your heart.
If being a 14-year-old is difficult, imagine making friends when you actually rather be doing other stuff. It was difficult for Sparrow to make friends so she buried herself at home with a book and watching the birds. Personally, I don’t mind staying home on the weekends reading or watching some tv shows, that’s fun to me.
Sparrow made a very good friend in school. Well, Mrs. Wexler was a teacher, a school librarian, who understood Sparrow and they both shared the same passion for novels; for reading. Sadly, Mrs. Wexler was killed in a car accident and that broke Sparrow’s heart. While your reading this book, you understand how and why Sparrow’s mental health began to wreck.
However, she’s encouraged to meet with a therapist weekly to help her because she was found on a roof and everyone thought she was trying to kill herself. I enjoyed the therapy sections. Well, to be honest, I think those chapters were my favorite. The therapist helped her, and she always found a way to make Sparrow talk for a little bit until she was ready to say everything she was feeling and hiding.
What I liked about this book was how realistic Sparrow’s life was. Not only that, but this book teaches us that seeking help is totally fine. You shouldn’t feel ashamed for saying “I need help” or “I need a therapist” because your mental health is important and you should do anything you can to make yourself feel a lot better. Also, it teaches us to keep doing what we love to distract ourselves. We love to read and some of us do it because it helps us to feel sane, to release our stress, to calm our anxiety attacks, and more. Sparrow loves to read, but she found out that she loves Rock & Roll so it became an outlet for her to feel better.
I absolutely enjoyed this book. The story was mostly fast-paced, but it had some parts that were slow (for me) but that didn’t make me enjoy this any less. This book has an important message for all us so, everyone should read it. When I read this, my anxiety was out of control so it was hard for me to get through this book but it taught me that I shouldn’t be ashamed of my mental health so at the end I felt a lot better. It’s a short book so you’ll read it quickly, and if this kind of genre is what you like to read, you’ll get through it even quicker. So go and grab a copy, you won’t regret it.
There you have it, those are my thoughts about Sparrow. Have you read this book? Do you want to read it? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.