Sunday, July 21, 2013
The Weight of Water
Publication Date: January 5, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Keywords: immigration, growing up, family
Format Read: NetGalley
Summary: Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.
This will be a fairly short review. It was a short book written in verse, so I went through it pretty quickly. And I'm also not really sure what to say.
I didn't really feel connected to any of the characters. Kasienka's mother made them move from Poland to England in search of their father, who walked out on the family years (I'm assuming) earlier. (A lot is left unexplained, so we have to assume quite a bit, and I'm certainly not sure if I'm correct ever.) Kasienka clearly doesn't want to be there. She is placed a grade lower than she should be, and she feels like others think she's stupid. So instead of speaking up, she is quiet. Which, I've never been an immigrant, so I don't really know, but I feel like if you truly wanted a change, you could say something.
And the summary kind of misleads the relationship Kasienka finds. She meets a boy named William at the pool where she swims. They don't really talk until halfway through, then they are just kind of an awkward middle school couple, not really a thing but they try to kiss and hold hands some. It's fine, but I wasn't drawn into their relationship either.
I just didn't really feel much of anything reading this. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't extraordinary. It was rather dull and strange, and I wasn't really sure what was happening sometimes.
Read when: Well, honestly, I would say pick something else. But if you really really like verse, I suppose give this a go.