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Her Name is James Paperback – September 30, 2014
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Her Name Is James - C J Heath - 5/5 - Klaire Sutherland
Now and again a book comes along that just leaves a profound impression on you, for me this is that book. Now I read a lot and perhaps 4 or 5 books this year have had me totally enthralled and at a loss for words, yes, the book hangover, and this one has been added to that list!
I went to bed thinking about this, I woke up thinking about this! I've never read anything on this topic before although I am familiar with it, and C J heath had sucked me in totally at about 8%. I seldom cry but had the tissues out at this point! I thought I would be getting a piece of silly, self indulgent literature when in fact I got a cleverly written emotional rollercoaster to rival many!
So what's it about? James, it's in the title really, and I'm not one for spoilers so I will have to word this carefully. James is struggling to break from the confines of who he is to become who he really wants. You are plunged into many different dynamics and scenarios, both good and bad, as he tries to navigate his way through life and come out the other end a happy person with the acceptance of those that matter the most to him.
There are so many poignant moments that sometimes you just want to crawl right into the pages and somehow be there for him. The main crux I guess would be the family, he has very different relationships with his Mum, Dad and Brother and it's heart breaking to watch the fallout and the make ups of these relationships. There's a father and son struggling to understand each other but for me their relationship offered some of the most awkwardly beautiful moments of the book, yes, tissue moments!
James himself struggles with the words he needs to explain himself at times. There is a love story in here too, and it is a love born of total acceptance, it's quite something to watch it blossom. James finds it hard to put him and Tina together but she also feeds him the fuel he needs to be stronger.
Then there's the brother, and the loss he feels when he realises that his James is not the brother he thought he was. He doesn't know how to feel, or even why he feels how he does but it is a destructive force that culminates in a tragic way. You feel everyones emotions and struggles throughout the whole process and that
is something hard to get right. There is some violence and love making in this but they are not over the top and not the main focus of the book which pleased me greatly.
This book makes you ask questions of yourself, and yes most likely uncomfortable ones. Whilst this won't be everyone's cup of tea it was certainly mine and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book. There was no skipping pages and no detached reading from me. It's not as hard a read as you would think considering the subject, this one will leave it's mark on me for sure. Highly recommended and a huge 5/5 for me
Both James and his/her family, including Tina and Jess, grow through the trails and tribulation's coming to terms with the past, present and expectations of a future surrounding some of the key issues many may face along similar paths. By all means have some tissues handy for this emotional trip toward a pleasant climax.
To say that CJ Heath did a good job putting the reader into the story would be an understatement.
Well Done and Thank You!