Highly imaginative and captivating. I was entranced by My Life As A Bench.
The story follows Ren a seventeen-year-old girl. But there’s a catch, Ren is dead. Her spirit is now entwined with a park bench that sits facing the Thames. We watch her come to the reality of death and, more importantly, life. Her fellow bench, Lionel, acts as a sort of guru and helps her gain insight into her situation.
Hazell’s writing is seamless and a pleasure to read. The characters are well-developed and easy to create an emotional attachment to. The Telegraph called Hazell “an author to watch” and I can’t agree more with this statement. Her writing is inventive. My Life As A Bench is inquisitive about the inner workings of the teenage mind. It is thoughtful, elegant, and honest.
My Life As A Bench is filled with emotions. We watch as Ren goes through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We feel those things for her. We feel those things with her.
Hazell has strung together a melody that is both sweet and sorrowful, a novel that will impact generations to come.
Release Date: 2nd May 2017
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy from NetGalley for this review. It is my honest and unbiased opinion.