Thornhill by Pam Smy |Non-Spoiler Review

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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