NetGalley: The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

How far would you go for someone you love?

There is a profound sadness in this book which is apparent from the start. It deals with the very real issues of young carers and highlights the harsh reality with which they face. It’s a very real issue that doesn’t seem to be talked about enough but my eyes have been opened.

“Bobby Seed is used to going the extra mile for the ones he loves, and he does it willingly. It’s up to Bobby to get Mum her pills, to help her up the stairs, to laugh her out of her pain. It’s up to Bobby to comfort his little brother Danny, to explain why Mum’s not like the Mum they remember.

One day, he’s asked to go further. Mum asks him the big question. The one many would find unthinkable. If he agrees, he won’t just be soothing her pain. He’ll be helping to end it.”

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers is beautifully written and doesn’t sugar coat things. It tells the story of Bobby who looks after his Mum who has MS and is deteriorating rapidly, he also cares for his 14-year-old brother who has some developmental issues. It’s a lot for a 17-year-old to deal with, the meaning behind the book’s title and the request his Mum makes is an even bigger weight on him.

I love the relationship between Bobby and his Mum. it’s filled with laughter and dark humour, their way of dealing with the daily struggles and the reality of the situation. They both know things aren’t going to get any better, just the opposite. She shares her love of music and old movies with him and even with all the joking its evident how much they love each other.

I expected to feel quite hollow after reading about something so serious and sad but because it was dealt with such realness, good/bad, happy/sad, I’ve come away feeling grateful to have read it. I think it’s a book everyone should read at some point especially young people, this story is a reality for so many and its good to have an understanding of their situation, even if we can’t put ourselves in their shoes we can at least show compassion.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury for approving a copy on NetGalley, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.

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