‘Katy’ is one of the most impressionable books I’ve ever read. It’s not just about one girl and her life but also includes the life of the people surrounding her.
The revolves around Katy, an 11-year-old girl who is the oldest of her siblings and lives with her father and her step-mother. The protagonist is usually portrayed as a rebellious tomboy who’s quick tempered and sudden with her judgments. Katy is a sporty and fun loving girl who always looks for a bit of adventure. The first half of the book describes how she deals with her day to day problems revolving around her friends, siblings, school and mostly her step-mother with whom she shares a pretty rocky relationship. All through the book, there are also instances where Katy remembers her mother from time to time when she feels like she needs her guidance.
The second half of the book is where the real deal starts. One day Katy falls from the top of a tree when her makeshift swing becomes undone. The impact breaks her back and her neck which ultimately results in paralysis and she becomes unable to feel her body from the waist down. Her hopes and dreams are crushed and she loses her interest in life. The rest of the story shows how she copes with her problems and tries to realize her dreams. She also becomes close to her step-mother and overcomes the grief of her mother’s death. The book ends as Katy realizes that her life is not over and she can still achieve something in life.
Now I generally try not to cry while reading a book but ‘Katy’ just made me tear up every time. But the author has very cleverly kept up the humor so it’s not like a sob story. The pain and anger of the protagonist is very well described and as you read the book you connect with the characters and their feeling. According to me, this is a must-read book. It will give you a different perspective about life and will change the way you think about things.
Thank you for reading!