Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
This is a bittersweet and touching story. Although it has been a couple of months since I read it, I still remember most of it.
Jess is a good and smart boy who enjoys school, especially the music lessons and who’s really good at drawing. At home, school is not a priority. He has to help out his parents by looking after his younger sister and milking the cow. Every morning he gets up extra early so he can go and run before everyone else wakes up, there is a competition in school that he wants to win more than anything and he feels like this year it’s going to happen.
But then Leslie moves in next door and his whole world shifts. With her he can be himself, he doesn’t need to prove himself all the time and he can just enjoy playing outside like any kid his age. Leslie takes him across the river to a secret land called Terabithia where they are the king and queen.
The great thing about this book is that you will read different things when you read it as a younger person or as an adult. To a younger audience it can be about the adventure, to grown-ups it can be about the differences between people, in the way they live, raise their children or how they look at life and death.
But no matter how old you are when you read this, no matter your background, the end is the same for everyone. It’s heart-breaking… Yes, I cried.. You know me, that’s what I do.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s really short and it’s a children’s book so it reads very quickly. I do believe that there is something in here for everyone.
What do you think? Should I watch the movie? I’m a bit scared because it looks so full of magic but I never got that vibe from the book. I know that it’s their imagination but still… I’m not sure.
(Sources: Introduction – Goodreads, Cover – Pinterest)