The Deja Vu Review – A Short Story or Novella – Cloud Busting

The Deja Vu Review is a Meme hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide that gives us the chance to review books that we read before we became book bloggers. A theme is suggested each week to help us pick a book from our past we might want to rave about and this week that is a short story or novella. I’m not sure if this is really counts as a short story but I have picked Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman.

Despite his mum’s insistence, Sam doesn’t want to be friends with Davey. He thinks Davey is a first-class, grade A, top-of-the-dung-heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam’s life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit that when it’s just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey.

Told in verse, in first person, the story of an extraordinary friendship that changes two boys’ lives forever – an uplifting tale that truly sings out.

I got this book after reading Malorie Blackman’s Nought & Crosses as I wanted to read more of her work. This of course was very different though as the story is told completely in verse with a range of different type of poetry. This makes it a very short story but its still a really nice story and its message is an important one.

It is the story of how Sam learns to accept people for being different. When a new boy comes to school he bully’s him so that he can fit in but when he get to know Davey he realises that actually he really likes him. However as a lot of children feel, he still wants to fit in and it isn’t till Davey is no longer there that he realises how silly it was to put being popular before true friendship.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It was so different to anything I had ever read before and I felt the simplistic nature of the different types of poetry gave the story power. I am not sure if this is a book for children or teenagers but I think both can learn an important message from it. It is a really quick read and I think if you have a spare hour it is definitely worth reading as it is a simply story told in a beautiful way.

2 thoughts on “The Deja Vu Review – A Short Story or Novella – Cloud Busting

  1. I love books like that! I like how you’re not really quite sure which age group it really pertains to, but the message is loud and clear and is applicable to anyone. It sounds like a really great book.
    So glad to see you participate in the Deja Vu Review! Thanks for joining in 🙂

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