Tuesday, 20 June 2017

All the Good Things by Clare Fisher - Blog Tour

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for All the Good Things by Clare Fisher. All the Good Things was published by Penguin on the 1st June 2017.

Read my review ...

All the Good Things
By Clare Fisher
Published by Penguin (1 June 2017)

Publisher's description
Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve ever to feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100% bad person - deserve a chance to be good?

My verdict
All the Good Things is a well-written book that highlights thought-provoking issues, particularly those surrounding motherhood.

Beth has done something bad, really bad, which is why she's in prison. She's now ready to give up on life. But her counsellor tells her to write down all the good things that have happened to her over the years, to prove that she's still good deep inside.

All the Good Things isn't about the bad thing that Beth did. It's not about why she's being punished for it either. It's about why the bad thing happened and what led to it. This story of Bethany's life took me on an emotional rollercoaster and made me cry several times. It addressed heartbreaking social issues, and the consequences of NHS cuts - a girl let down by the system, left on her own with serious repercussions.

The book is very moving and felt very real. While it isn't necessarily a book to 'enjoy' due to the subject matter, it's certainly one that leaves a lasting impression.

Highly recommended!

I received an Advance Reader Copy.

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