Review: After Iris by Natasha Farrant

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After Iris

Natasha Farrant

Faber 2013

10+/12+

272 pages

A mix of transcripts of Bluebell’s video diaries and her written diary entries, this is a moving tale of a family dealing with loss. It has been three years since Blue’s twin sister Iris died, and her family is still coming to terms with Iris’ absence. Their parents seem to be more interested in their careers than their children, leaving Blue and her siblings in the care of their au pair Zoran. Flora rebels, dying her hair pink, Jas and Twig just want their family back together, and Blue is lost. With no one to talk to, she turns to her diary, documenting the life of her mad family.

This is a touching read, with memorable characters and plenty of emotion. I loved the combination of transcripts and traditional diary entries, it made for a very different format and conveyed Blue’s love of film-making very well. The characters were wonderful – I loved Flora’s dramatic flair and her pink dreadlocks, and the Babes were both sweet and entertaining. Poor Zoran was another memorable character, he had a lot to put up with in looking after the Gadsby children. He was a very likeable character, and I loved his hidden talent and his caring nature. I also loved the quirkiness of this book – such as the scenes with the pet rats! Blue was a strong protagonist, and her diaries allow the reader connect with her thoughts and emotion. She is easy to connect with, and it was her voice and her growth throughout the novel that made it such a compelling and moving read. I read the whole book in one sitting, and I am sure this funny and touching read will appeal to many readers.  I can’t wait to read the next instalment of Blue’s diaries – Flora in Love.

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