Book review: The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

This will be a short review, as it’s just a short book!

weightThis is an unusual book – it is written entirely in prose and it’s somewhere between a short story and a long poem. It took me less than an hour to read, yet there is a lot crammed into this sparse tale. We follow Kasienka as she moves from Poland with her mother to find her father. She starts school, where she struggles and finds she is an outsider, but finds solace in her swimming.

The story here is actually really interesting, but because the story is so short, I felt that I wanted more and I found it hard to relate to the characters at times. The style of the book didn’t really work for me – I’m not a fan of verse or poetry – and I actually would have preferred this story as a more traditional, full length novel! But it is definitely an interesting, quick read.

My rating: 6 out of 10



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