I received a free copy of We from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
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The last thing Ben Arnold remembers is falling….but when he wakes up he sees a drawing he made as a young child. A drawing on the refrigerator in his childhood home and then he hears his mother’s voice. A mother he hasn’t seen in more years than he can count. He comes to realize his older “self” has landed in the body (brain?) of his 7 year old self. As he is trying to assimilate this shocking fact he also realizes that it is three days before an event that shattered his family – the rape of his sister Sara. Can he get his younger self to trust him and change history?
What an interesting concept! I must say I’ve never encountered a book like this before – the synopsis just intrigued me. I was drawn in from the first page and while I wish I had been able to just read it through – it was a busy few days – I read it whenever I could. I was so reluctant to put it down! Mr. Landweber was brilliant at keeping the two inhabitants of the one brain completely separate. The older Ben is not easy to like at first but you come to understand why he is like he is as you get to know the family in the three days you are with them. This is a family on the verge of implosion and Ben’s adult return to his 7 year old life let’s him realize so much that he didn’t the first time he lived through it.
It was an absolutely fascinating read but not a perfect read. It would get a little psychological at times with discussions of ids and egos that at least to me dragged down the story. I had to dig deep in my old brain to remember the definitions and relations so that is perhaps why. Nonetheless this is one of the more interesting books I’ve read in a long, long time.
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