“ Hardcover: 240 pages / Publisher: Puffin / Published: 8 Aug 2013 / Language: English „
After reading 'Love, Aubrey' by Suzanne LaFleur, I was excited to read her new book 'Listening for Lucca'. Surprisingly, I found this book very different to her other book and not as I expected. I found that although 'Love Aubrey' was very real and as if it was a true story, this book had more of a fantasy element to it.
Siena and her family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Maine in hope to help the youngest child Lucca, who is three. Lucca's sister Siena had been imagining a house she would live in and when her parents believe they have found it they take it as a sign to move in. Lucca hasn't spoken for over a year and the family and doctors don't know what has caused this to happen. Hence they hope a move from the busy New York lifestyle may be the key to bringing his speech back.
Once in Maine, Siena starts to see the past and finds a magical pen which gives her an insight into a families life who once lived in the same house with a similar issue. She hopes that she will have enough knowledge to help her brother out.
Throughout the book I found myself intrigued as to why it was that Lucca wouldn't speak as there seemed to be no reasonable explanation. Although I was pleased with the ending I found that it was not properly explained why Lucca remained silent for a year, I can only assume from the history Siena saw.
Although I preferred reading the story of Siena's family rather than the ones from history, I liked that Siena only saw that family when she had the pen or wanted to. I think the way the past was written meant it fit well into the story and didn't make it confusing to read like some books do when they keep jumping into the past.
I enjoyed reading about the relationship the family had as it was nice to see a family working together and all respecting and helping out each other. The bond between Siena and Lucca was a beautiful brother and sister bond but its a shame that no one really knew what Lucca was thinking.
Overall I enjoyed the book despite it not meeting my expectations. I hope her future books are more similar to 'Love, Aubrey' though.