I read this book after doing a fabulous workshop with the author. I know Landfill by Helen Gordon has received mixed reviews but I loved this book. It is one of those books that get’s under your skin and you think about when you aren’t reading.
My favourite thing about this book is the language. It is so beautifully written, with words and sentences that catch the heart. Which is fitting as this really is a book about the heart. It’s not non-stop action or about resolving issues as book these days so often are but about going through an emotional change within.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel, with language you can just get lost in, perfect for me. I would certainly recommend Landfill.
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Oh my, where to start. When I first started reading this book I nearly stopped when I realised immediately that the story revolves around cancer. Only 18 months after going to war with cancer myself, not my idea of happy reading, no matter how good the story is. But I was captivated, from the very beginning, even with a topic I actively avoid in books and films, I couldn’t put it down.
Even in a book which seems so predictable, it surprises you. Although cancer is the thread that holds it all together it is a book about love, family and optimism in the face of tragedy. It is also very funny and gives a fantastic insight into the dark-humour side and dare I say ‘perks’ of cancer and into the mind of someone with cancer. John Green captures it so well.
There is a line in the novel, “it would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you” and that sums up the book for me. It is a privilege to cry over this book because its wrapped up in some much wonderfulness, warmth and love.
In short, I highly recommend you read this book!
4.5 out of 5