Book Review: Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson

Genre: Teen/YA

Rating: 5/5


Nothing ever happens on Kasia’s street. And Kasia would know, because her illness makes her spend days stuck at home, watching the world from her bedroom window. So when she sees what looks like a kidnapping, she’s not sure whether she can believe her own eyes . . .

There was a girl in the window opposite – did she see something too? But when Kasia goes to find her she is told the most shocking thing of all.

There is no girl.

An eye-opening and compulsive page-turner for readers aged 12 and up.

My verdict: A book close to my heart as I suffer with ME so I understood what Kasia was going through and found a kindered spirit with her sense of humour and outlook much like my own. Not only does this book show the impact ME has on the life of those who hav3 this illness but, shows the impact that has on friends and family. It also highlights the misconceptions about ME and the prejudice and discrimination faced because of people’s ignorance. It also shows how little we have progressed with research and treatment.

Not only does this book deal with ME but also deals with something more sinister about a very prevalent problem in the UK that gets very little media attention.

This book acts as a warning to trust your gut instinct and persist even if your concerns are watered down by the authorities. It tells as that we must be kind to whoever we come across because we don’t know what happens behind closed doors.

Joelson also shows the reader how important how it is to mend bridges between family and friends because support is something we all need. Another lesson that kasia learns is to not push people away because of her illness. Kasia and Nav’s friendship is testament that moral and emotional support can do the world of good and to learn to let people in and help them understand the situation that you find yourself in. Kasia learns to face her abilities and limitations which in turn gives her the courage to help someone else.

A very realistic and raw account of what it’s like to have an invisible illness and what it’s like to face physical/emotional abuse. A fast paced thriller which isn’t too graphic or has an unrealistic happy ending. I applaud Penny for writing about issues that doesn’t get much coverage in the media and publishing industry.

Ideal for readers 12+ to learn that not all illnesses are visible and not all abuse leaves physical scars. It shows how much someone can accomplish and achieve when they find courage and ask for help.

I would recommend both Penny Joelson books as a stepping stone to authors like John Green and Kati Gardner.

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