Thursday, 12 June 2014

Reading Det handlar om dig

A review of a Swedish book! If you're not Swedish I'm sorry, I don't think this book has been translated to English (yet). 

Screenshot of Sandra's blog

Det Handlar om Dig is Sandra Beijer's (also known as the nio till fem blogger) first book. I wouldn't be able to tell if I didn't know and I'd assume that's because she's been writing her hugely successful blog since the dawn of time. Or dawn of blogs. The story is told from the perspective of a fifteen year old girl who falls head over heels for a boy with dark hair, a Russian accent and scrawny shoulders. (Only Sandra is capable of making scrawny sound like the most attractive physical attribute in the world.) Love is never easy, particularly not when you're fifteen and you feel like an alien in your own body. When you're equally terrified of losing and loving someone there's not much to do apart from drowning your sorrows in blurry houseparties and accepting the inevitable mistakes you make.

Sandra Beijer has always seemed like somewhat of an expert on love and being young. I don't know where she gets this insight from but if anything, this book just confirms her ability to travel back to that age. The story is written similarly to her blog; the language is short and sweet and goes straight for your heart. It is not my favourite type of writing but it does work in this context. In this story the characters aren't in focus (we don't even know the names of the main characters), all that matters is the complicated situation of being a bundle of feelings and having no control of yourself. I'm sure we've all been there. It's a touching story.

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