Well hello everyone. Is anyone else on mid-term break? It’s absolute heaven. Well I mean, I’ve still got stuff to do, but I have a lot more time to read. Which is great. Now, let’s get to the whole point of this blog post. Thornhill! I actually read Thornhill a little while ago, but I still really wanted to do a review on it because it was really good. Reeeeeeeeeeaaaaaally gooooood.
Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as Ella unravels the mystery of the girl next door.
1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it’s shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.
2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s shadowy past.
Rating: 5 Stars
TRIGGER WARNING: There is heavy bullying, death and suicide in this book. If any of those things trigger you, you may not want to read this book.
This book is written in a cool format, sort of like Brian Selznick’s books. The drawings follow Ella in present day, and the writing follows Mary in 1982. I really liked how it was laid out like that, and it gave a cool spin to the story.
This book was very sad and heart-breaking. It shared a raw and brutal perspective on bullying, which was awful and showed the truth of what can happen if bullying gets too much.
Thornhill was actually pretty spooky, which I was not expecting. It was eerie and spooked me a few times, and it had a very shocking end.
Overall, I loved Thornhill, and I recommend everyone to read it. An easy 5 star for me.