Furious Thing by Jenny Downham
Published by: David Fickling Books
Release date: 03/10/19
Summary: Bad things happen when you’re around, Lex…
That’s what her stepfather tells her. That’s what she believes about herself.
But how can she convince herself and everyone around her that her anger doesn’t make her a monster? If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, she’s determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.
But pushing fury down doesn’t make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface, waiting to erupt. There’ll be fireworks when it does…
An intensely real story of manipulation and identity, Furious Thing is about the slippery slope of manipulation and how one girl can fight to claim back the spaces that belong to her.
You Against Me by Jenny Downham is one of my favourite books, so I was really excited when I heard about this book. Furious Thing wasn’t as good as You Against Me, but I still really enjoyed it.
It is such an important and heartbreaking novel that I think everyone should read. To me, it really showed the importance of listening to children and young people when they speak up about something, because what they are saying is worth listening to.
It absolutely broke my heart every time Lexi was ignored and punished by the adults in her life, when they should have been listening to her and trying to understand her. The only person who truly understood Lexi’s behaviour through the whole book was her little sister.
John made me so angry all throughout this book, as did everyone who turned a blind eye to his behaviour.
Lexi had grown so much by the end of the novel. She was taking advice she had given to her mum and started trying to apply it to herself. She was such a strong character and I ended up very attached to her.
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