I haven’t read Andy Griffiths since about the 4th grade. But..
..books like these install in children a sense of foregoing improbability. As a young writer, it shook me, re-reading this, to realize how crowded my sense of imagination has gotten. Anything is possible using the written word. Zack not only attempts to overcome the obstacles set in front of him, but also serves as a reminder that no matter what may happen, take it in stride.
What children’s books have had a lasting impact on you?
Title: The Crash of Hennington
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication: January 1st 2003
Genre: YA, Magical Realism
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Goodreads Summary: Welcome to the seaside metropolis of Hennington, where a mysterious herd of rhinoceros have wandered city-streets for so long they’ve become a civic feature, where the current Mayor first met her husband on a nude beach, and where Jon Noth has returned after four decades to reclaim a lost love – the Mayor.
“The questions were as old as time itself, but no less rigorous for their familiarity:
Are there reasons for love? And are they all intangible? If not, what if intangibles are the only things I have? Am I justifying all of this for my own wishful thinking? Is that love then, or is it just rationalization? Is this what we do when we’re in love? Is there nothing real? Or is he just beyond my reach? And what does he think of me? Is he reminded of me during the rest of the week? Does my name enter his mind at work? Do I exist for him when I’m not here?”
As always, Ness leaves me stunned and sated. He delves deep into the heart of the matter, firmly grasping my mind with a vice-like grip, (not that I’d be going anywhere after the first sentence.) The Crash of Hennington deserves applause. Ness has such a way of shaping characters into real, complex people whom the reader, by the end, is rooting them along, small bits of hope having seeped their way into the bloodstream.
I, personally, am blown away by the expert storytelling. Between crushing my soul and truly engaging myself as a reader, I would recommend The Crash of Hennington to any book lover. He touches on religious zealots, skewed realities, LGBTQ relationships (both positive and negative), as well as many more. My hopes are that you enjoy this beautiful, well-written, intrinsic story as much as I have.
Happy reading, and may your bookshelves be full!