Review: A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Title: A Song For Ella Grey
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: October 2nd 2014
Part of A Series?: Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: The Publisher via NetGalley
Blurb Description: Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story - as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.


What I can do, however, is tell you a song. My version of The Song for Ella Grey. And then, perhaps, you'll have that word I so desperately need.
"We scoffed at the kids who weren't like us, the ones who talked about careers, or bliddy mortgages and pensions. Kids wanting to be old before they were young. Kids wanting to be dead before they'd lived."
Claire and Ella, sisters of the heart, both so different and yet so alike- on the same journey treading on different paths, looking for answers everybody seeks. Life, Love, Death- and all the secrets they keep.
"It's destined. I love him and he'll love me."
Sometimes, the Three let a whisper out. And one of them reached the ears of Ella Grey. Love, she called it. Irrational and Infatuation the world called it. But, then what is love otherwise? The ability to see the beauty to see the world's treasures and see life and happiness happening in every step?
"We sang with Orpheus, but our voices were just a pulse beneath his lovely melodies."
He strummed out haunting, earth-shattering music, that would be impossible to re-create, and enchanted her. His Ella. Ella Grey. But the truth about love so strong, so fierce, so pure, is that it is not destined for a world like ours- where everything precious is only destined to crash and burn.
And in death, they go searching, for the one they lost. A mask put on, two people as one, to bring back the girl that the melodies were for.
"Our hearts, and our souls, had a music in them that must have always been there but that until now we had not heard, had not known."
Life in death, two of the youngest souls, with love to last generations, and a story that will leave you utterly perplexed, I can only finish by saying:
"The world, and everything in it, is all just an amazing song. What we have to do is bliddy sing it."

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