Title: The Museum of You
Author: Carys Bray
Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: Random House UK
Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she’s not sure. She’d like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else’s story is difficult. She tries not to skate on the thin ice of his memories.
Darren has done his best. He’s studied his daughter like a seismologist on the lookout for waves and surrounded her with everything she might want – everything he can think of, at least – to be happy.
What Clover wants is answers. This summer, she thinks she can find them in the second bedroom, which is full of her mother’s belongings. Volume isn’t important, what she is looking for is essence; the undiluted bits: a collection of things that will tell the full story of her mother, her father and who she is going to be.
But what you find depends on what you’re searching for.
Some love stories are unusual. For me The Museum of You by Carys Bray was an unusual love story.
It is about the love of a daughter to her mother.
Clover Quinn is a twelve year old girl dealing with all the problems in life that a twelve year old girl has. She is dealing with having had her first year in high school, weird friendship groups, and body changes. On top of all of this, Clover is dealing with a slightly agoraphobic granddad, an uncle with a mental health disorder, a gossipy neighbour, and a dad who dries up whenever the topic of Clover’s dead mother comes up in conversation.
The Museum of You is Clover’s story of growing up. It is about family dynamics and secrets and lies and most of all the heart-warming and heartbreaking relationship between children and their parents.
Last year I read Carys Bray’s A Song for Issy Bradley and I thought it was an accomplished piece of writing but Bray has taken things one step further by creating a warm and truthful family of which I wanted to be a part. The Quinn family are a-warts-and-all, no-holds-barred kind of team and it was a delight to be in their world for 368 pages.
The Museum of You by Carys Bray is available from 16th June 2016.
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