Friday, 19 September 2014

Book: The Wright Brother by Marie Hall

I received a copy of The Wright Brother in exchange for my review.

When the Wright triplets were born, Elisa found like she gained something, three brothers that she could play with and help to grow. Living next door to them, the four children grow a bond, but none more so than Elisa with Julian, who is deaf and colour blind. When the brothers move away after the death of their father, Elisa is left devastated and alone. When they return, when Elisa is 18 and they are nearly 16 everything has changed. Though Christian and Roman are still the same loud and bubbly boys to her, Julian is something else, and she feels something for him that she knows she shouldn't. Despite fighting her growing feelings for him, Elisa and Julian just keep getting into situations that confuse the whole thing, and in the end they'll really have to fight for what they have.

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The Wright Brother is quite possibly the most beautiful and moving book that I've ever read. Right from the very first page you're drawn into a different world, and one where the characters really care. More to the point though, one where the characters aren't perfect, which makes the emotions seem much more real.

I've never read anything in which one of the main characters was deaf (I don't think, and if I have then it wasn't a romance) and so that was one of the things that made this book so interesting. The bond between Elisa and Julian wasn't just a romantic one, it was also a bond of childhood and of the fact that they had learned to communicate in their own way (which actually I thought was really quite sexy when they were together - they used taps on each other's bodies). It definitely added to the intimacy. I think that it really shows the strength of Hall's writing that whenever Elisa and Julian talked (which was shown in normal speech marks just with the word signed afterwards in some instances) I actually imagined them signing (which is fairly impressive seeing as the only things I can sign are the vowels!).

In a way the fact that Julian was deaf and colour blind didn't really matter all that much to either of them. After all they had grown up with it. Instead the problems that they faced were ones that normal couples faced. Whether to live together, going long distance, and the age gap. It made them seem real and grounded and just made me love them more, particularly when things didn't quite go to plan and they made mistakes.

Some of the last chapters, when they were really doing long distance, actually made me feel heartbroken, though it was clear from the beginning of the book that these two belonged together, there was some doubt in my mind that they could get past the distance. It included several loud shouts of 'Elisa you idiot!' before she got what was wrong and did something about it.

There were so many beautiful things about this book, the characters and the story line definitely worked and I found it incredibly moving. This isn't a sad book, so the emotions aren't like that, but rather it is a story that is told from the birth of one of the characters, and I think that that is where the real emotion came from.