Monday, 17 July 2017

Review: All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher


All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Published by Little Brown Book Group
Released 13th July 2017
368 Pages
Hardback

Feelings are part of life - feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this . . . 

Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can't and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she's simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don't know why they're drawn to Cherry's bakery - they just know that they're safe there and that's how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.

And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she's not the only one who can see what she sees .
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Thoughts


Anyone who knows me will know that I adore Carrie Hope Fletcher and have done for years. I have read her previous books All I Know Now, On the Other Side and Winter's Snow and watch her youtube videos almost religiously (not obsessed I promise!). So, when I found out she was releasing new novel All That She Can See I was so excited and was buzzing to read it. 

Cherry Redgrave has a hidden talent. She can see things that others can't and decided long ago that she would use it to help others. The town that she lives in just thinks she's the kind young woman who runs the local bakery but in private she uses her special gift to add something special to her cakes so that the townsfolk start to feel better about their lives. Cherry loves the fact that she can help them in secret and that they will never find out about her gift. That is until Chase walks into her life and threatens to undo Cherry's work. It turns out she's not the only one that can see what she sees.

I loved the concept behind this book. It's always good to see authors touching on mental health and the issues behind it and I felt that Carrie tackled this in an interesting and also thoughtful way. What if we could see feelings? Would this change our perspective on mental health? This was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind several times when reading. It also brought to life the fact that positive feelings can be just as bad as negative feelings. One feeling could be positive to one individual but it could be seen as negative to another. All fascinating stuff that came across really well in All That She Can See. 

Cherry as a character was one that I adored. I took to her straight away and at times wished she was real - she would be a great friend! She felt so real as in yes, she did make mistakes and she wasn't perfect but she always tried to do the right thing. Her connection with the townsfolk was a delight to read and the fact that she was trying to use her gift to help them all was so heartwarming. However, the male lead of the book, Chase was a character that I just couldn't warm too. From the moment he was introduced I found him to be arrogant, selfish and rude. Further into the story I did find that he was changing but not enough for me to love him as much as I did Cherry. Also, I found there romance to be somewhat unbelievable. It was as if it was put in there for filler. It all seemed a bit rushed to me. In my opinion I didn't think the romance was necessary, the story would have been fine if they'd just been close friends. Alas, thats just my opinion.

The story itself flowed really well and I found myself becoming engrossed in this fictional world. However, there were a few things that I felt could have been explored more. For instance Peter - I would've loved to have learnt more about his background. I know we got a glimpse but as I loved his character it would've been lovely to have known more. It would also have been great to meet more people with abilities like Cherry and to have seen how she interacted with them. I also felt like the ending was a bit abrupt but it did make me think about a sequel. Is that in the works? I would love to know.

Despite a few minor setbacks I really did enjoy All That She Can See. Carrie has a way of creating magical worlds all within a seemingly normal setting. The idea behind this story was brilliant and it has made me think a lot more about feelings and mental health, so kudos to Carrie. I can't wait to read what she writes next.

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Author Bio

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, vlogger and author. Carrie's first book All I Know Now, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and her debut novel On The Other Side went straight to number one in it's first week on sale. Carrie played the role of Eponine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre in London's West End for nearly three years. In 2016 she played Truly Scrumptious in a six month run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She is currently staring as Wednesday Addams in the national UK theatre tour of The Addams Family Musical. 
Carrie lives just outside of London with numerous fictional friends that she keeps on bookshelves, just in case.

All That She Can See is her second novel.


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