Tuesday, June 18, 2013
After Iris by Natasha Farrant is the bittersweet story of Blue and her family in London. Told through Blue's diary entries and screenplay transcripts, this middle-grade novel follows the Gadsby family as they continue to deal with the death of Iris- Blue's twin sister. As parents become busier with work to forget, a Mr. Tumnus-esque au pair enters to deal with Flora (16), Bluebell (13), Jasmine (8), and Twig (10). Anyone with siblings will appreciate the relationship these four share.
Don't let the heavy subject matter deter you. Farrant manages to deal with the death of a sibling (or child) while still catching hilarious family moments. I mean...really? Pet rats racing around a schoolroom in RC Aston Martins? The story has some very heartbreaking moments, but they are balanced with very heartwarming moments.
It did take me awhile to get used to the screenplay format, but once I did *shrug*. It helped paint the scenes! While there is an overarching storyline, the different "scenes" had their own mini stories. If anyone read something like McCloskey's Homer Price, it reminded me a lot of that.
I enjoyed After Iris very much (and not just because Iris is my grandmother's name)- and would recommend it to Jr. Highers who want to read about families, death in a family or England. Or who enjoy filmography.
After Iris is published by Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin USA). Digital ARC provided by NetGalley.
Release Date: 07.11.2013