Driftwood was a beautiful book full of drama harsh reality and truth and I utterly adored every minuteDriftwood is about a irl named Hannah which was a bonus because thats my name who oes to school with her best friend Joey Hannah s brother Kit is head over heels for Joey and Joey is on a war with uniform and school rules She s uirky and enjoys individuality Although Joey enjoys demanding her head teacher around and being different Joey is actually far different then just her looks She was fostered by a beautiful couple called Jed and Eva who are creative and enjoy watching Joey float with her own individuality So when they announce their adopting a new child Paul Joey is obsessed with the idea But all oes wrong when Joey and Kit end up together and Hannah is left seeing what her brother and his loser friends are doing to the new kid Paul They re bullying him Hannah faces the reality of loving someone who may not love her back watching her best friend fall in love with her bullying brother whilst watching her brother bully her own love for being different Yet when Hannah realises a big secret and the truth behind Paul she falls even so in loveCathy Cassidy
touched the truth on fostering so beautifully She s able to portray how it effect someone without writing it from the foster child s perspective Cathy has also ensured that Hannah is not the main character here and just uses her simply as a narrator which allows you to understand some feelings but having to create your own opinions and feelings too She has also touched on mental health self harm and depression as well as suicide in this book but without making it harsh or bombarding you with too much information It s subtle but it s real And because it s not the main character who is suffering you are attached to the boy next door type Paul as you re not forced to feel his feelings you can develop your ownAlthough I love this book there were a few points where I had found myself reading it over to make sure I read things properly There are a lot of references to beach magic and fantasy which isn t my cup of tea so I often found myself just reading into the metaphors in between I think Cathy Cassidy
has touched the truth on fostering so beautifully She s able to portray how it
HAS DONE AN AMAZING JOB WITH HER WORK HERE done an amazing job with her work here this book is a favourite However I would not recommend it to younger readers as the reference to self harm is uite clear and obviously can be worrying to them This book is a delightful story an it ives advice about bullying as well and it shows that it s always important to tell someone It is a heart ripping story about love friendship and hate My favourite character is Hannah because she never turns her back on anyone and is always there for Paul who has a rough time with the other boys because he is different My least favourite character is Hannah s older brother kit because he bullys Paul who is Hannah s best friend Joey s foster brother and Joey is his irl He s there I mutter I know he is So we ll find him says Kit And suddenly out of nowhere my eyes are leaking tears at an alarming rate LORDY OK so backstory this has been one of my favourite books ever since I first read it aged 12 This is the first time I have re
read it in a few years today being March 2019 and somehow it in a few years today being March 2019 and somehow affected me deeply than it ever has before Below were my previous thoughts on this book Forever one of my favourite books I remember the first time I finished this book I put it down and it felt as though the world was spinning around me I suppose I love the kind of stories where romance is heavily hinted as opposed to absolutely clarified to me it was always obvious Hannah and Paul would et together but that wasn t the main point of the story This story so beautifully dealt with difficult topics such as death abandonment depression adoption self harm suicide bullying I am always always in utter awe of the way Cathy Cassidy so expertly weaved all these things together into the beautiful story Driftwood is all whilst not losing a scrap of humour and character development It has been over a decade and I am still not even remotely bored of this book I doubt I ever will be And I still stand by absolutely everything I wrote there But what s ut wrenching to me is how deeply embedded the bullying depression and self harm is in this story and how well it s done for a book. Hannah Joey have been best friends forever Joey's parents love rescuing things making them beautiful their.
Cathy Cassidy ñ 7 downloadTricycle (HISTOIRE) girl named Hannah Hannah is friends with Joey a kooky wild child with stripy hair mismatched socks and a passion for Good Charlotte Hannah s older brother Kit has been crushing on Joey for as long as Hannah can remember but when Joey begins to return those feelingswell thingset a little awkward And then to complicate things even further Joey s new foster brother Paul is added to the mix bringing with him a trio of kittens a zebra print bicycle and a whole lot of beach magic But beneath the surface Paul is inwardly drowning in his own problems Is it possible to save a friend who s lost at seaOk despite my ten year old self thinking of this book as being uite ood my present day self does not agreeI didn t think much of any of the characters Joey was still my favourite character just as she was when I first read the novel When I was ten I thought Joey sounded like the coolest person ever and I wanted to be just like her and wear mini kilts and dye my hair reen and pink I didn t of course Now when I read about her she still seems exciting in comparison to the other characters but it was Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell glaringly apparent to me that Cathy Cassidy had tried really hard to create a rebellious teenirl somewhat of a badass and it was too clich to really be believable Not only this but she also attempted to make the book appealing by including what she clearly believes to be cool teenage lingo At one point Hannah refers to Joey and Kit being on Planet Slush and it s really a head in hands momentAs for the other characters well they did nothing for me Kit was just a total idiot there s no way around that fact I just wanted to punch him he was such a jerk What was Joey THINKING Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts going out with him Not that Paul was much better as a love interest Ok so firstly there was next to no romance between him and Hannah which was a bit of a letdown Secondly he was a bitwell nothingy Iuess His personality was zero I wasn t exactly rooting for him I mean sure I felt sorry for him he went through a lot but I was hardly there with pom poms jumping up and down screaming Woo Go Paul You can do it You can beat the bullies and Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind get theirl You Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus goet your happily ever after And as for Hannahfor a protagonist she was really nothing special I mean like Paul her personality was non existent Not once did she do something that made me Rudram in Tamil gasp made me sit up a little straighterI think the dull characters were really what made the book such a flop Because of their utter boringness the plot was also very boring Well I say plot there wasn t one really It was just a 192 page account of theoings on of a roup of teenage friends which didn t make for a very ood story The ending was a disappointment too I mean it was just so predictable and really too perfect to be believable Everything worked out just so meaning that every character ot exactly what they were looking for and everyone lived happily ever after and in reality that just would not happen Cathy Cassidy had all the loose ends tied up just a little too conveniently for my likingAlso can we just talk about the age thing again In the last couple of Cathy Cassidy books
I ve read recently the age misjudgement hasn t been too terrible but in thisnove read recently the age misjudgement hasn t been too terrible but in thisno year olds are not portrayed correctly here Twelve year olds do not dress as Joey does they re pretty new to Secondary School and wouldn t dare wouldn t even THINK of rebelling against the school uniform code in that way It s just the way they are Twelve year olds do not develop proper romantic feelings for one another especially not with people older than them as is the case with Joey and KitI mean to be honest I disliked this book than Sundae Girl and that s saying somethingI d rate this book2 out of 10 stars Beach magic Maybe it works after all Hannah. Ens the irls find in a bin at school end up living there Then Paul moves in because he needs rescuing too. ,
Which sits on that cusp between Middle Grade and Young Adult Paul always wearing long sleeves and covering his wrists is a repetitive theme yet I m still noticing new times when you realise he is covering his wrists The self harm element is constantly beating away as is the suicidal feelings They re always there And I think that s why the uote I highlighted at the start took my breath awayA character I really dug deep into this time was actually Kit I always found Kit incredibly two dimensional irritating and a character without cause for redemption yet on this re read Kit to me reads as a scared thirteen year old who is insecure in who he is and so oes along with a situation to save face Which is why he is so utterly terrified when they realise what Paul has potentially done and why that uotation made me burst into tears And truly aren t those the realest kinds of bullies Not the ones like Murphy but the ones like Kit the ones who seem like friends then turn on us not because they re savage horrible people but because they re lashing out due to fear in themselves I love this book I will always love this book It is still to this day one of the only books I have read where depression and self harm and loneliness and suicide is dealt with properly without that being the entire story this book has breathing space other things that make you laugh other things to hide in But none of those things take away from the serious things it discusses And I will always always love how frankly and simply those things are presented God I m waffling Read this damn book I first read this a decade ago when I was 1011 and at the time it was my favourite book I picked it up and reread it on a whim today and I never realised the impact it had on me Not a positive impact far from it For a book aimed at kids it s horrific The way being ay is treated as a problem something to fear and be afraid of Or the way it suggested keeping uiet about being bullied Or the way it introduced the idea of self harm as a viable solution to feeling unhappyWas any of it intended Probably not But as an 11 year old that was being bullied and was deeply unhappy in themselves it certainly ave me the idea that hurting myself was a valid way to cope And it certainly helped reinforce the idea that being ay was something to be ashamed of and it left me all kinds of fucked up for years Rated yikes out of 10 ok kit was an asshole so it made this hard to read also they rushed the recovery ending aka suicidal attempt one page and then 5 pages later he s back and recovered and it s the
end probably my least favourite cathy cassidy bookprobably my least favourite cathy cassidy book od the pre teen angst I was recommended this book by a 10 year old and I was *uite surprised that she would be reading a book with such a sad issue underlying it Cathy *surprised that she would be reading a book with such a sad issue underlying it Cathy is clever in the way she presents the characters and at the same time she is writing about bullying and depression I think this book could be useful for Upper Key Stage Two to introduce the topic of bullying and the conseuences and effect that bullying can have on children Each character in this story has a uniue personality and the reader can
see the bullying from the perspective of bully bullier and witness to the bullying I would recommend this book asthe bullying from the perspective of bully bullier and witness to the bullying I would recommend this book as think the issues are cleverly dealt with without being too harsh for a younger reader I think the older reader can understand the subtle messages This book centres around serious subjects such as bullying depression and suicide but remains entertaining despite this Cassidy seems to have a real knack for creating likeable real characters and pulling her reader into their lives I read this book when I was much much younger Nevertheless it deserves a lot of kudos Being a childrens book it s still well written and approaches a lot of mature themes such as homophobia individuality self harming bullying and relationships It wasn t beyond it s years and it will be something I will hope my young children will read in the future It s not a cookie cutter story and I was really impressed had the depths it went to whilst still maintaining appeal to a much younger target audience I didn t find it at all melodramatic with the story lighting up some serious teenage concerns and relatable issues Definitely very well written Bravo so happy to have the oppo. House is full of things made from driftwood old lass shells from the beach Which is why the scraggy kitt.