Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Upside of Iris by Helen Rose


What does love look like to you? 

For young Iris, the whole world looks upside down, and the only person who truly understands and appreciates her perspective is her new friend Charlie, who has his own unique trait: he cannot speak. His silence, her precociousness, and their acceptance of each other make the two a perfect match. 

But happiness is fleeting, as Iris’s new stepsisters, skeptical and jealous (as conventional folks often are of those who dare to swim against the tide), manage to drive the two apart. Iris and Charlie are separated for the remainder of childhood. 

Grown-up Iris never forgets about Charlie, though, and her love for him influences the charming art gallery she now owns. But despite the visually magical environment she inhabits, Iris finds herself doubting Charlie once again, thanks in no small part to those pesky stepsisters of hers. 

Still, before she decides to give up hope altogether, she decides to do one small thing for the other lonely souls around her . . . with wonderful consequences. 

The Upside of Iris is an illustrated love story for all ages, and for anyone who has ever felt misunderstood. It is a whimsical, touching reminder that perspective is truly everything, and that a change in perspective can make all the difference in the world.

REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 11 months


This book kind of reminds me of a retelling of Cinderella. It was a cute, sweet story. 

This book is about a girl named Iris and she has a rare condition where her eyesight is upside down. When Iris is little she meets a boy named Charlie and Iris feels like it is true love, but when she is at the eye doctor, her evil stepsisters tell Charlie that Iris doesn't love him anymore. Iris feels lost...will she ever find him again or will her stepsisters always ruin it for her? 

I really liked the illustrations in this book and the story because it is so unique even if I have heard numerous stories with the similar plot. It's like I have never read a single one with this plot because of how unique it is. 

My favorite part is when they are young. 

I really enjoyed Iris because she always has faith no matter what happens. 

I recommend this book to anyone that loves Cinderella retellings. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 and up.