Monday, 23 May 2011

The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne: It isn't that She's Ginger

Ok, she is ginger.
How much can I say about 'The Truth About Celia Frost'? It's a tricky one as the story does take some unexpected twists. Celia has a rare blood disorder which means her blood won't clot. Or at least that's what she thinks. After getting cut at school it soon becomes apparent that Celia isn't bleeding to death and the next thing she knows she's on the run with her mum.

Celia is left with lots of questions and a mum that won't answer them. Their relationship starts to deteriorate and Celia spends all her time with a new friend, Sol. But people are looking for Celia and her mum and they aren't going to help make her all better.

'The Truth about Celia Frost' is an interesting mix of several genres. I really didn't expect it to take the turn that it which was a good surprise. Celia and her mum are really well drawn and their relationship is interesting, funny and sad. The other characters, from Celia's friend Sol to the gangs that rove the streets are all well done.

The only little complaints I had was that a couple of times there was an a event that didn't ring true. The first one involves a landlord and so tiny it probably doesn't really matter and is more to do with my pickiness. So I'm not going to explain unless people really want me to.

The second one is the ending didn't really tie up some of the deeper underlying issues to do with the story. Where as Celia and her mum come out of the story in a better place some of the things that happened around their life are forgotten at the end and I'd have liked there to have been some resolution to them.

Overall a book with an unexpected story that was enjoyable, funny and exciting.

'The Truth About Celia Frost' is out on 1st of August and you can get it for about £5.24

Cheers,

Mark