A beautiful YA story with a tough subject at its core!
I was kindly gifted this book to take part in the blog tour hosted by Insta Book Tours.
Hummingbird by Fran Grant
I can’t remember exactly when he stopped being the perfect stepdad, or even if he ever was one. Perhaps that was just other people’s perception of him. I can remember, though, the first time he hit me. Last year a girl from school got cancer and everyone rallied around her. I’m not saying she didn’t deserve the sympathy, but her suffering was heroic, whereas mine feels like a source of humiliation. You can see cancer. Or a broken leg. You can’t see this. You can’t see the suffering caused by living with someone who goes out of their way to torment you.
Kya is the best big sister ever. She’s sixteen and I am only five so she is my really big sister. When Mummy goes to work Kya does my bathtime and reads my bedtime story. Tonight she read my favourite story about the baby bear who couldn’t sleep because there was too much dark in the cave. Kya says I am her baby bear and she will always protect me. I don’t need protecting from the dark though, I have a night light shaped like a mushroom.
Her lips are blood red, and she speaks the words so softly I barely hear them. I know your big secret. My blood runs cold, but she’s pinned me to the bed and I can’t move. Her eyes are like fiery emeralds, burning into me. ‘I know your secret, Zak. It’s your fault he’s dead!’
When Zak meets Kya, he desperately wants to save her from whatever she’s going through at home, but Kya is determined to save herself, and Lizzie. Plus, Zak has his own demons to contend with…
Fran Grant takes the subject of abusive behaviour and weaves this incredible story together which not only explores the suffering for the victims but also the strength and courage of them too!
The story is told from three characters points of view, Kya, Zak and Kya’s little sister Lizzie. Despite the book being short, so we are introduced to these characters quickly, the author does a fantastic job at portraying their personalities and identities. I especially loved Lizzie’s chapters as they really highlighted just how a young child sees the world, those around her and how she tries to figure out what is going on when to her everything is just innocent.
As mentioned this book is focused on abusive behaviour but I wouldn’t say there is any graphic or very detailed scenes of abuse. Alongside this we also have a romance which was lovely to see blossom and really helped to bring everything together. Also the ending had me on the verge of tears and was just brilliant.
Overall this is a fantastic YA book that highlights a very important subject for both young and old. A story of courage, determination and strength.