The Last Paper Crane : Kerry Drewery

Title: The Last Paper Crane
Author: Kerry Drewery
Pub Date: 2nd April 2020
No. Of pages: 304
Where I got it: Won from Reader’s First as an ARC in exchange for this honest review
Time to read: 1 day
Quick review: Beautiful, haunting, perfect.
Genre: YA fiction
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐| 5



Legend has it that if you have the patience to fold 1000 paper cranes, miracles can happen…

Ichario has held on to a secret for many many years. Along with that secret, he holds guilt that has torn him up inside. He’s now ready to share this secret with his Granddaughter…

We are transported back to minutes before the bombing in Hiroshima, we experience the unfolding of events as he recalls them and find out how he survived along with what caused his life time of guilt.

What did I think?

I once again find myself realising that in spite of my proclamations that I don’t enjoy learning about history, I do enjoy it – I just prefer it where there’s a human interest story attached. And boy, was there a human interest story here!

The Last Paper Crane is quite possibly the most beautiful book that I’ve ever read, in both the tangible product, and the words inside them. It is perfect. Written in a series of free verse, haiku and standard prose it was engaging and emotive. I felt invested in the characters and enjoyed the switch in the writing style as a way to determine whereabouts in time we are with the story.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book in a day and maybe we can blame Covid-19 and self-isolation but I really want to say it’s because this book was simply wonderful. I cried at the end – it was such a release of emotion. 

Don’t miss this book. I don’t think anything else I read this year will match up. It’s sublime.

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