My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Intensely emotional, this biographical book is like a puzzle with each piece of new information more agonising to read than the last.
It made me laugh, cry and view the world in a slightly different way once I’d reached the end all the while teaching some valuable yet hard-to-hear lessons about humanity and struggle.
Alexander Masters tells the life story of Stuart, a difficult character with a fascinating story and background, by starting at Stuart in the present and working back to his childhood, chapter by chapter. This rare set-up provides insight into how life’s turns can take us down very different paths and is a haunting read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. Its simplicity and somewhat misleading beginning draws the reader into a journey they’ll never forget, stick in with this book through to the very end and it will be one of the most life-changing novels that you will ever read.
This book isn’t a light-hearted read by any means and should be picked up with caution as it has some harrowing scenes.
Definitely a book everyone should read at some point in their lives.