So this is a little later than planned and for that I apologise profusely!!
“There’s a world outside the window”
I began this book knowing nothing about it so for the first few chapters I was a littttle bit confused as to what was happening. Nevertheless I pursued it and am so glad I did!
It starts off with a girl abandoning her newborn baby for some unknown reason. Which instantly had me curious as she seemed to have just given birth so must’ve been desperate to leave her baby after birth.
Flash forward a few years and that little baby has grown up into Eddy. A boy whose grandmother doesn’t let him leave his bedroom except for the shower.
My initial thoughts had me thinking this book is a different take on Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything with subtle notions of R J Palacios Wonder.
All we know is that Eddy knows he’s different and he knows he’s not like everybody else and his grandmother abuses him. We also know he is friendless until a girl called Reagan moves in next door and there is a tree that grows near to his bedrooom window.
It’s pretty clear that Eddy has Down Syndrome (whilst it’s not outright said it’s implied), but his grandmother abuses him which I instantly hated. The abuse is perhaps because she was resentful for her daughter for leaving the baby.
I don’t want to spoil the rest of the book but after I got over the grandmother abusing Eddy I finished the book in a night. I was crying tears at the end because Greg Fowler took my heart and tore it apart!
T is for Tree is poetically written and perfect for fans of characters that will grip you tightly and then break your heart.