“Click” by Nick Hornby, Linda Sue Park, David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Deborah Ellis, Roddy Doyle, Tim Wynne-Jones, Ruth Ozeki, Margo Lanagan and Gregory Maguire
I know what you’re thinking … Did 10 people really write this book? The answer is yes. And strangely enough it works! Although each author has a different voice, it gels the story together as each chapter is told from a different person’s perspective. The plot of this story was one that really interested me, though I must say that it was told MUCH differently than the blurb on the back of the book suggested.
This story is all about “Gee” – a famous photographer who lead quite a mysterious life. When he passes away, he leaves his Grand Daughter, Maggie, a box of sea shells with a cryptic clue inside, while her brother, Jason receives Gee’s old camera and a stack of signed photographs. Each chapter is told by someone that Gee has taken a photo of and each explain how they met Gee and the effect he had on their life. Along the way, Maggie’s family uncovers secrets about Gee that further add to his mysterious life. The gifts that Gee left Maggie and Jason at the start of the book end up taking them all around the world, and some of their stories are told in this book too.
It really is a beautiful story and it unfolds over about 60 years. It’s a difficult book to sum up in a paragraph because the plotting in this book is so intricate. Each chapter fits into Gee, Maggie and Jason’s life and it’s great to read how the people featured in Gee’s photographs met him, and what gifts he bestowed upon them too. Some of the stories are heart-wrenching, while others entertaining. There are some great twists which maintain interest throughout the duration of the book too. It can be challenging to work out who fits in where in the overall picture, but I assure you that it all comes together when the book concludes. This book would be great for older readers because the story is intriguing and very rarely gets dull. I believe this is because of all the different voice that are telling this story – each is unique and captivating, and adds to the theme of the book.
Having just lost my Grandfather, I could identify with Maggie’s loss in the first chapter of the book, and the emotions that she experienced. But what followed was a beautiful story of how another life begins when someone else’s ends.
Overall rating: 3.5 Stars