Review // Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy

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Title // Looking Glass Girl
Author // Cathy Cassidy
Pages // 272 pages
Publisher // Puffin
Series // None
Release Date // October 2015
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Alice nearly didn’t go to the sleepover. Why would Savvy, queen of the school, invite someone like her? Now Alice is lying unconscious in a hospital bed. Lost in a wonderland of dreams and half-formed memories, she’s surrounded by voices – the doctor, her worried friends and Luke, whose kisses the night of the fall took her by surprise . . . When the accident happened her world vanished – can Alice ever find her way back? A wonderful modern-day reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Looking Glass Girl is the stunning new book from Cathy Cassidy, an unforgettable tale of friendship and love from one of the UK’s best-loved authors

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If there is one thing I adore about Cathy Cassidy, it is her ability to take something as simple as friendship and weave a beautiful story of fate and coming of age. Looking Glass Girl is the beautiful novel by one of my all-time favourite authors. It’s moving and relatable, and even at the age of eighteen, still hits me right in the feels.

I wasn’t always a victim.

Addressing the biggest issue of our teenage years, Looking Glass Girl is the story of how Alice’s attempt to reconcile with her bullies leads to life-costing measures. The fact this book is aimed at young girls is amazing. It teaches us that jealousy and guilt are damaging to the soul and to other people. This is something that needs to be reiterated in a world where people have selfish natures. The book is fast paced and keeps the readers interest. This is mainly through the use of separate perspectives (often in third person), dreams and visions, muffled conversations and (of course) memories that Alice has to recover. This is very different from the usual telling of story which Cassidy presents. However, it is a very good strategy, which only highlights her writing prowess.

Me? I was the geek, the loner.

I was nobody at all.

Throughout the novel, you feel for Alice. She goes to a strange school where her so-called friends choose to distance themselves. She becomes subject to bullying and has to deal with the impending loneliness that brings. But, somehow, she manages to stay chipper about it to some extent. While she can be bitter at times (although those times can be justified), the fact that she is willing to move on is a big thing. Similarly, with Savannah (or Savvy) you tend to have a grudge against her. But as the novel progresses and Savvy is presented in more depth, you can’t help but feel for her. In the end, there will be a character you dislike. Of course, it will be based on what happened rather than assumptions – and while I refuse to spoil it, hen the truth outs – you’ll definitely be surprised.

I caught a glimpse of us in the mirror; Savvy and her new friend, the looking-glass girl.

Something I adored about this book was the fact that I was able to feel eight instead of eighteen. Being older and ‘mature’ (at least by society’s standards), it’s refreshing to revert back to stories that aren’t about love and feeling helplessly depressed. The simplistic yet beautiful flow if Looking Glass Girl easily makes this a book I will cherish for a long time. Of course, I adore C.S Lewis and own the Alice In Wonderland books myself – so this addition to my library is one that I eagerly clap my hands at. With a beautiful but simple cover to match the story, Looking Glass Girl earns the top rating of 5 out of 5.

5 stars

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