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YAShot: Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen


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ya-shot-banner2I get to write a YAShot review and I am overly excited to be part of this amazingness!

Here is the beauty that i’m reviewing today, along with my clever camera angles…


I hadn’t heard of this book until I agreed to write this post but I was pleasantly surprised by it! It is definitely a great book to read if you’re looking for books exploring mental health.

Rather than explain and maybe spoil the book for you, here is the synopsis and where you can buy the book.

Release Date: 29th January 2015

Publisher: Corgi
The Book Depository

When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.

His mum doesn’t really like looking outside – but it’s going outside that she hates.
She’s happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it’s safe.

But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.

Now their tower isn’t safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out . . .



Here was my initial review on goodreads:


Overall Feelings

Since this book is written from a child’s (Ade) point of view, it was so cleverly crafted. I felt like I was a child and really understood the mindset of a boy his age. It doesn’t actually tell us his age but I would assume he is around seven or eight from his tone of voice and clues within the book such as his class in school and the ability and want to write. This really simplified the mental health aspects of the book so we got an idea of how agoraphobia feels for family of the person.

With that said, I was so frustrated with Ade’s mum because I felt so sorry for him and felt as though he was neglected. Then again, I felt sorry for his mum because of the mental battle she seemed to be having with herself and the World around her. I could definitely see both sides of the coin but it didn’t stop me from being so frustrated!

The Bluchers are such strange creatures and I found them quite unrealistic but they are a brilliant metaphor for agoraphobia and that constant fear of going outside. The spiral of Ade’s mum’s condition is scary and just when you think she is recovering, there’s a knock back which is illustrated perfectly from Ade’s perspective.

Shout out to Obi and Dory who are the perfect elderly, caring people. I love what they bring to this book, like a shining light and flavour to Ade’s life.

Overall, this is a short, powerful and refreshing book surrounding mental illness and recovery.


Moo Rating:

Agony Aunt Mel


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