What is this about?: This is the story of Joe, coming to see his brother Ed on Death Row as his execution day grows ever closer. How do you come to terms with that? Can you come to terms with that?
What else is this about?: Family and grief, and all the things that makes us who we are.
Blurb: ‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’
From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?
Moonrise is without a doubt heartbreaking, emotional and an ambitious undertaking – telling this tale in verse. The problem, for me at least, is that as much as a verse novel brings something different to a story like this, there is far too much lacking in this format for me to definitely say I enjoyed this story.
For me, writing a book in verse affords an author a chance to be stark, brutal even, in a way writing a book in full prose doesn’t. That is something I truly appreciate, for Crossan made me think entirely differently about situations in the book, sometimes in the span of a handful of lines.