I Like Kingshaw

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Like Kingshaw in the end of the novel, I’m also free. I am finally free from reading this book. Not because it’s bad. It’s because it’s too emotionally overwhelming. Finishing it makes me look back at my mundane over-dramatic complaints and see how minimal it is comparing to Kingshaw. I feel blessed by God for protecting me from the unfortunate.

I stumbled across this book whilst skimming through the bookshelves in my local bookstore, my attention was caught in the somber atmosphere of the two boys in cover. Needless to say it exceeds my expectation of creepiness making me feel heartbroken and angry at the same time. Within seventeen chapter of the novel, the author has destroyed the notion of a happy childhood and take me on the roller-coast
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The stigma of suicide leads it to be a taboo, no one talks about it so naturally, it increases the number of suicides in the community. People said that Kingshaw is seen as weak, indecisive, he could have chosen a different path instead of the one leading to the pond. Suicide is not the only option for Kingshaw: he could fight back or speak up, seek for psychiatry and comfort in friends but, we have seen his futile effort to be heard, to defend himself and as a reader, I completely understand his decision. None of the characters in the book show understanding towards Kingshaw nor they offer help. He is regarded as a child whose opinion is insignificant by adults, his actions deemed as cowardice and submission by Hooper. In his hopeless struggle to find help and be free, he kills himself. This is pretty much the case in real life.

This taboo subject is rarely mentioned in small-talks or even serious discussion, especially under religious view, I find it interesting that I’m the King of the Castle portray of suicide differs from other YA novels. The book carries a message, alarming us that bullying and neglecting still exist nowadays and can cause unfathomable damage. Susan Hill has delivered it successfully with the suicide as a climax to really shake

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