‘Living On A Rainbow’ is a story about mental health, bullying, growing up, battling against adversity but most of all it is a story about love. The love between a man and a woman. The love between a boy and his best friend. The love between a mother and her son and the love between a boy and his father.
Harry ‘H’ McCoy is not an ordinary boy and his life is not an ordinary life.
This is one of those books that I don’t think my review could ever do justice to. It really is a fabulous read.
We get to meet H, which is what everyone calls him in the book, from being a young lad, meeting his best friend Andy and growing up until we catch up with him in the present day in his forties.
I have to say that by the end of the book, I felt like H had become a very close friend. I was bereft to have to turn the last page. I had become so engrossed in his life that I wasn’t ready to let go. Being a female, I loved seeing a boy and man’s perspective growing up through various stages of life. It certainly made for some interesting reading.
The author does a wonderful job of making you really get attached to the characters in this book. I loved H as well as the elusive Andy. I definitely have a special place for H’s dad also. The relationship between H and his dad was so heart warming and in parts it made for some really emotional reading. Even now just thinking back to the story having finished it, makes my eyes fill up and my heart swell.
We also get to see bullying in the work place which really struck a cord for me. I could really relate to H having dealt with this also which caused me to end up suffering with depression. My heart broke as we see him spiraling into darkness and struggling to get some normality in his life. He has the added pressure, like most of us, of the increasing bills which means he has to try his best to deal with it to keep supporting his family. I really hope some readers can take something from this book, especially if they are in the same position as H and they can find the courage to reach out.
Living On A Rainbow was a bitter sweet read that had me going through an array of emotions. I feel blessed to have been able to get an insight into H’s and his friends and families lives. A truly wonderful read and one I have no doubt where the characters will stay with me for a long time. Loved it.
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