I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
The story is written from the point of view of 19-years-old Matthew who recalls the tragic holiday when he was 9 years old when his older brother Simon died. He writes the story from a psychiatric ward where he is a patient. Very quickly he draws me into his loneliness, his mother’s insane behaviour and his drug addiction in the later years.
His voice is sincere and genuine, Nathan depicting the decay of a mind that cannot be healed, a mind that’s broken in schizophrenia. I am impressed with the way the plot was handled and even if I knew what happened, I wanted to know why and how. Brilliantly engaged with all the little stories and drawings that Matthew offered and unforgettable peripheral characters like his own mentally ill mother consumed by grief and suicidal thoughts, his friend Jack and Simon himself who’s always present in his hallucinations.
This is a story incredibly real and painful… a story of an innocent boy who cannot understand the death of his older brother.
I loved this book and you will love it too.
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