In “The Way Back Home” we meet Zoe Bird, who is a teen (pretty obvious in a YA novel, but whatever).
Zoe’s only friend is het grandma, but lately she starts forgetting stuff. And the forgetting stuff is getting more and more noticeable. What started out with forgetting small things, is ending with forgetting much bigger things, like that the stove was on.
Zoe’s parents want to put grandma Bird in a house, but Zoe doesn’t agree at all. Her grandma doesn’t want to go to a home, she wants to die in her own house! Since her grandma is constantly forgetting the is in a home, she keeps freaking out.
Zoe is planning for a cross country trip to find her long lost uncle her grandma keeps talking about. But there is a reason why her family doesn’t have contact with her uncle anymore.
Now, before I start with stating my opinion and stuff, I have to tell you that this story is extremely sad. It will make you cry more than once (and more than twice, believe me), and after reading you definitely need some cheering up.
Because this book is quite short, my review will also be short. I don’t want to spoil any of you with what is going to happen!
This story written by Allan Statton is kind of playing with your emotions. Sometimes it just makes you feel happy inside, but other times it just makes you want to bawl your eyes out. So another warning, since crying is inevitable!
Stratton really captured what it is like to deal with someone who has Alzheimer and how it is for the people around that person. Someone who you love ends up being a stranger.
I loved (I know, a very wrong word to use, but you totally get me) how you noticed that grandma Bird’s situation gets worse every day. This makes you feel as though grandma Bird is your own grandma and you’re in Zoe’s shoes.
The book just left me speechless and with a lot of tears in my eyes and streaming down my face. Please read it, I think it is the best book I have read this year. I ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars!