The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Carrying just a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka isn’t the happiest girl in the world. At home, her mother is suffering from a broken heart as she searches for Kasienka’s father. And at school, Kasienka is having trouble being the new girl and making friends. The only time she feels comforted is when she’s swimming at the pool. But she can’t quite shake the feeling that she’s sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water is a coming-of-age story that deftly handles issues of immigration, alienation, and first love. Moving and poetically rendered, this novel-in-verse is the story of a young girl whose determination to find out who she is prevails.”

Hey guys! Meaghan here with another review! It was a really short book, so my review reflects that in length as well! 🙂

Since it was such a quick read, I won’t be filling out my usual review format.

While I didn’t dislike this book, I didn’t really like it either. I’ve read books in prose before, but they never seemed to be so quick or read as fast as this one did. As I did see it covered some possibly difficult topics, such as discrimination, bullying, and parent issues, it’s shortness made it feel as if it didn’t really cover those topics as well. In addition, I had a hard time connecting with the main character, which made me feel detached from the book. All in all, it had potential, but didn’t quit meet my hopes for the book.


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