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The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

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By Megan Punzet

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The Year of the Rat is a beautifully written story of heartbreak, love, loss, and forgiveness.

It’s the story of Pearl, a young girl struggling over the loss of her mother and her new sister who was the reason for her mother’s death.
As she goes though the year, we find out more about her supposedly loving mother and follow as Pearl goes though a very hard stage in her life. This is a realistic and gorgeous story going through the different stages of grief during the first year of a loss, as well as struggling through other hardships along the way. The characters especially Pearl and her mother, go together really well, and i thought the character devolpment throughout the story was well excicuted and done brilliantly, making you very emotional all through the book.

I was in tears by the end!

I love how much thought and effort was put into the plot and it really shows the writing skill and heart of the story. I definetly recommend this book to all readers, but mainly teens and up.

A brilliant Summer read!

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