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The Paranormal Aspect
This story does have some very chilling scenes but it is not as scary as I expected it to be. There are ghosts or entities that haunt John- but John being haunted is not the main theme of this book, this book is about John’s childhood and his experiences with life which includes his ghostly encounters.
From a Young Boys Perspective
I think the author John Mitchell brilliantly captured the thoughts of a young boy. Sometimes it can frustrate a reader to read a story through a child’s perspective because they do not get as much insight into the lives of the “grown-ups” but the author did a great job of making sure the reader gets as much insight as possible. It’s a very difficult thing to read about such disturbing issues such as child-molestation or abuse especially from young Johns perspective because he had such an innocent outlook on things; the issues that are in this book gave an even bigger impact on the reader because of Johns perspective.
The Boy who Lived with Ghosts is a brilliant read. John’s story triggered a lot of emotions for me when I was reading and it brought me close to tears. I am going to give this book 4 out of 4 stars because I think it’s simply brilliant, I am going to recommend this book to you because it offers an insight into Johns heart-breaking childhood which will make you appreciate all that you have a lot more, The Boy who Lived with Ghosts is definitely a worthwhile read.
This book deals with serious themes that some readers may find offensive; therefore I would not recommend it to somebody who is looking for a light read or anybody under the age of 18.
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[Update: The Boy who Lived with Ghosts is the October 2013 book of the month right here on OnlineBookClub.org. Click here to discuss the book in its special subforum as book of the month.]