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    A very poetic read while also hard-hitting

    Claire Fairchild loves playing the piano. It has always been a part of her life. When she enters a piano competition, she is as excited as can be – that is until she realizes her boyfriend, Juan, is competing against her. All at once, everything seems to fall apart. Claire and her family find out that her brother has been diagnosed with Batten disease, and it changes their lives. Will Claire find the will to move on, or will her life threaten to swallow her up? Opinion: I was very intrigued by this book as I have never read a novel in verse. When I began reading it, it took me a while to get into the feeling of it since it was such a different way of writing. But after the first ten pages or so, I really started to understand the author’s writing style. It was a very poetic read while also hard-hitting in all the right ways. I had never heard of Batten disease prior to reading this book. Now that I’ve read the book, I’m very interested to do some more research on the disease. The book did an excellent job sharing a first-hand account of what it’s like to live alongside the disease. The main character, Claire, reacted appropriately to the situations she was thrown into. At times, she felt a bit older than her age, but with Batten disease in her family I could understand why. I really loved the way the author wrote this book. Not just the poetic feel to it but the way the words seemed to flow off the pages. I felt as if I were right there alongside Claire, experiencing her life as I read. The book deals with heavy themes, so I recommend it for a more mature reader. Other than that, Behind These Hands is an incredible read that I highly recommend. Reviewed by a LitPick Student Book Reviewer Age 19

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