Review: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought Henry K. Larsen was one of the most engaging characters I’d met recently. He is a thinker, a keeper of secrets, a homelife that is challenging and a deeply troubled soul. But for all his troubles, he has a sense of humour, a taste for WWE and a tendency to gather unusual friends. Farley, who befriends Henry at his new school despite Henry’s best efforts, is just gorgeous!

I loved the way the big underlying secret was revealed one tiny detail at a time. Henry’s journal is a joy and a delight while being infinitely sad. This is a book about a horrific subject, it is about how people cope in different ways after terrible trauma and is is a book about the families of those left behind after a terrible incident. I can’t reveal the incident because it would ruin the story but Susan Nielsen is fast becoming one of the great voices in YA and I highly recommend that you get a copy of this for your school library and read it before you put it on the shelves, you will know the people you want to hand it to.

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One comment

  1. I, too, loved Henry K Larsen! He is simply delightful. I gave this to a Year 9 student to read over the summer break – I knew he was a fan of “Wonder”. When he brought it back he said he really enjoyed it and thought it was even better. There is definitely a big audience for this book!

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