How did I get the book? From #RandomMoviesBrunch!
Synopsis: ‘Grandpa stopped speaking the day he killed my brother, John. His name was John until Grandpa said he looked more like a Bird with the way he kept jumping off things, and the name stuck. Bird’s thick, black hair poked out in every direction, just like the head feathers of the blackbirds, Grandpa said, and he bet that one day Bird would fly like one too. Grandpa kept talking like that, and no one paid him much notice until Bird jumped off a cliff, the cliff at the edge of the tallgrass prairie, the cliff that dropped a good couple hundred feet to a dried-up riverbed below. From that day on, Grandpa never spoke another word. Not one.
The day that Bird tried to fly, the grown-ups were out looking for him – all of them except Mom and Granny. That’s because that very day, I was born.’
Twelve-year-old Jewel never knew her brother, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Then one night, on her birthday, she finds a mysterious boy sitting in her oak tree. His name is John. And he changes everything.
200words (or less) review: I have learned that the more I love a book the harder it is to write a review, which means reviewing Bird is nearly impossible.
The first chapter is amazing and the standard never drops. Crystal Chan is a spectacular storyteller. Gifted with words, imagery and characters that burrow deep into the reader’s heart and stay there.
I can’t pick one part of this book as better than the others; there were beautiful moments, happy ones, touching and also shattering. Jewel is… I can’t even think of the right work. Special isn’t good enough. I loved her narration, she is alive on every page.
Without dissecting whole chapters it by bit I can’t really explain all the things I loved about this book. It’s better if you discover the magic of Bird for yourself.
But I will say this:
Bird made my heart ache in the best way possible.