The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Jonna Glen
Source: Publishers via NetGalley
Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction
Publication Date: June 13th 2019
“Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.
At six, she’s memorising the dictionary. At seven, she’s correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.
And now that she’s an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.
When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta’s life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown. She’s determined to find where she belongs – but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?”
My Thoughts & Review
When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a very light hearted read, but as I read on I soon discovered it wasn’t. In fact, this one dealt with some serious issues that I really wasn’t expecting.
The story is told through two separate narratives from two main characters Augusta to Parfait. The story unfolds over a number of years. Although both stories are very different both characters wanted the same thing. To escape their existing lives and to find a place where they truly belong.
I loved the characters in this book they felt so unique and were wonderfully drawn. Augusta’s character was really interesting and her character developed really well as the book progressed. However, I found Parfait’s character to be my favourite by the end. I found his story very interesting, and loved reading about his story about his escape from a war torn country to his journey to Spain.
All in all, an enjoyable debut novel read that will make you laugh, feel sad and happy all at the same time. If you’re looking for cleverly well written book I highly recommend this one.
I would like to thank Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Trigger Warning: Suicide, Still Birth, Rape
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.