BOOK REVIEW//Almond by Won-pyung Sohn

My Christmas holidays started on 22nd december and I got back to reading during that time. I read 2 books, “Almond” and “100 days of sunlight”. Both the books were good but I’m not going to be writing the review of the 2nd one. It was cute and nice and real and had a happy ending. A light read. Also “100 days of sunlight ” was the first book I binge read so I’m very proud of that. It took me around 8hrs to finish it though.

My holidays got over on 2nd btw. I wrote this review the day I read Almond but, I’m publishing it now because my computer is not switching on + sister’s lap refuses to connect to internet. I’m typing on phone and this is hard 🙂. But atleast I’ll get to add emojis.

And ofcourse, a late Happy New Year!! 🎉🎉🎊🎊

Lets move on. Here’s the blurb of Almond by Won-pyung Sohn, followed by the review.

BLURB

Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends—the two almond-shaped neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that—but his devoted mother and grandmother aren’t fazed by his condition. Then on his birthday—everything changes. A shocking act of random violence shatters his world, leaving him alone and on his own. Struggling to cope with his loss, Yunjae retreats into silent isolation, until troubled teenager Gon arrives at his school and begins to bully Yunjae. 

Against all odds, tormentor and victim learn they have more in common than they realized. 

REVIEW

I have never really tried to understand people like Gon. They behave badly and I know it might be because of their lifestyle or condition or some bad incident. But i have always been asked to stay away from such people. I have never put any effort in trying to understand them or making them a better person. I just can’t bring myself to do it. And I am not sure whether I should or not. If we did have the courage then we would be able to make some difference.

My reaction wont be the same for people like younjae. I can never make fun of them. I cant stand seeing people being bullied. I haven’t witnessed many such scenes but if I do I wouldn’t stand as a spectator.

I don’t think all bullies are weaklings who are acting strong. Some really are strong. Emotionally. So strong they like seeing others in pain.

I cant chose who i like more. Gon or Younjae. Gon – because he is not actually strong. Just pretending to be. He is scared of being good. Younjae – because he is not bad.

I could feel Gon as i read but i had trouble feeling younjae. Which is exactly how it should be. (Younjae is the narrator. )This shows the author and the translator did an amazing job putting that feeling of not feeling into words.
Gon’s character development, the way his emotions and feelings are conveyed and how the story of the ‘real’ Gon behind the fake strong one, is unfolded is remarkable.

The translation was simple. Easy to read. The chapters were short too.

I don’t have anything to not like in Almond. It is a beautiful book. A contemporary (?). I havent read many in this genre but I would love to in the future.

I learnt about another problem that a few people in this world face. I didn’t know that inability to feel existed.

Younjae can feel but he doesn’t know what he is feeling.

This book shows how diverse different lives can be. The characters in the book all have varied stories and experiences.
All of their lives leave us with valuable lessons.

Younjae changed Gon. His love and trust changed him. Gon helped Younjae feel. He put in effort for Younjae. Trust and love with true effort can change so much. It can change the course of a life.

The development of Gon and Younjae’s friendship was so good. It started with one hurting the other but moved into trust and love for eachother.

The review is positive but the book wasn’t perfect. Some things felt unfinished, but it adds to the raw feeling the book gives.

Almond is full of meaningful lessons. I loved reading it and I am very thankful to Alexx@ (https://enthralledbookworm.wordpress.com) for giving me the push to go ahead and read it. (Click here to check out her review of almond- https://wp.me/p9NfPO-N3)

EDIT!!- Mom- sit in the sunlight
Me- okay
Mom- but don't jump from the terrace.

(I found it funny so I thought why not put it here.(there's a back story btw) Pretend you laughed!)

Thank you for reading! 💕 ^_^

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