Hopscotch by Steve Cushman

First of all, my heartfelt thanks to Netgalley for letting me read this book. Now, let me tell you how I began reading it. I’m one of those book hoarders whose Kindle is always overflowing with so many to-reads that most of the time I’m confused as to which one to read. Hence, if I don’t like a book for a while, I’m guilty of switching to a new book. Why am I telling you all this?
Well, because I’d just downloaded ‘Everything, everything’ after watching the movie trailer and I was raring to read it when I happened to read the first page of Hopscotch. I just couldn’t stop after that. This book feels like soft cotton candy, it feels like walking bare feet on wet grass, it feels like a tight bear hug from a stranger saying ‘Everything will be okay.’
Thank you for letting me read this book. I loved it to bits!! The sheer simplicity of the narrative is breathtaking and yet there’s this warm feel good factor like the winter sun that just pushes you to finish one more chapter even if it is 3 AM in the morning. This is a book about hope in a dismal setting. There is this hospital where there are sick people, where there are terminally ill children and yet it shows how a small hopscotch board can change all that sadness to cheer, even if only for a few moments. This book is about living in the moment. At times, I literally hugged it to my chest and let the tears flow. It was so masterfully crafted and yet not once did it lose out on its childlike wonder.
You can call me a ball of emotions but I really felt as if I was holding a small kitten within my palms and every little thing it did either generated an ‘Aww’ from my mouth or simply moved me to tears by the purity of it all.
Finally, being an aspiring author, I sometimes try to understand the techniques that make me fall in love with an author’s work.
For this inspiring book, I was reminded of this quote by Jack Kerouac:
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Thank you for reminding me about this message, Steve Cushman. I wish you all the very best with your writing career. You have created magic with this book.

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