ARC Review: The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan



The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Author: Brian Conaghan

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: February, 26, 2019

Links: Goodreads | Amazon* | Book Depository*

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Source: Digital ARC via NetGalley & Physical ARC via Publisher



When I picked up this book, it had been some time since I had read the synopsis. So, I knew next to nothing, other than the cover is gorgeous. I am so glad I went in blind because I have a tendency to avoid books that I know will make me emotional and this book definitely does that.

img_4299.jpgThis book is about Bobby Seed, just an average teenager, trying to figure out his life. Except, nothing about his life is normal. Bobby is the main caregiver to his mother who has debilitating MS and her condition is only getting worse. He also cares for his brother who is likely on the autism spectrum, but that is never spelled out within the story. He is just Bobby’s fantastic little brother who loves video games. Bobby learns about a support group for other teenage caregivers. As he attends, he develops friendships with people who can understand his daily life.

This is a wonderful story about growing up, family, and the lengths you are willing to go for the people you love. It was beautifully written and such an emotionally charged book. I definitely recommend.

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury & NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!


Copy of Book Quote

“I know I’m supposed to love her, but it takes no effort. I love her from sole to summit. Life’s not all darkness and thinking ill of the ill. We do laugh, honestly.”

-Brian Conaghan, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.

Synopsis: `Child experts will tell you that I’m way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?’ Who is Bobby Seed? He’s just your average sixteen-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby Seed who’s a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different …









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