The Distance Between Me And The Cherry Tree – Paola Peretti

ISBN: 9781471407550. August 9th 2018. Hot Key Books.

Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely. 
Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. 
A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old.

I actually got this from a fellow book lover and blogger in a small parcel of ARCs I had paid shipping for. At about 200 pages I knew I was going to get through it in pretty much one sitting. I did not expect how emotional it would make me though!

I actually started this whilst in my local Cafe Nero’s in a Waterstones store. I’d taken it just in case I’d finished my Crown Of Midnight reread, but decided I’d pause the reread and get started with this instead. within 50 pages I’d started quietly crying… Right smack bang in the middle of rush hour. Of course that garnered me a few funny looks. I quickly explained that it was due to the book, and then put it away to finish when I got home. When I got home, and could let me emotions flow free, I flew through this book and it was SO worth all the funny looks.

The Distance Between Me And The Cherry Tree is a heartbreaking read. I found I immediately loved the main character, Mafalda, she was funny and kind and coping extremely well with the knewledge of her oncoming blindness. I personally would have loved a member of staff at school like Estrella. She was the loveliest adult in this story, coming out with some great pearls of wisdom that Mafalda could understand.

I can’t say much more due to risks of spoilers, but I can tell you this is definitely one of my favourite 2018 reads! If you love heart wrenching stories of people finding out what’s important, this book it totally the one for you!

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Buy yourself a copy here.

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