Sunday, 4 March 2018

#BookReview: The Gazebo by Emily McGlashan

Title: The Gazebo
Author: Emily McGlashan
Publisher: Olympia Publishers
Published on: 25th May 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
ISBN: 978-1-84897-792-1


Growing up and trying to be accepted as part of a crowd when you are already in a minority, is never easy but for teenager, Lola Tarapachii, life is far more complicated than just the usual adolescent angsts. With an alcoholic mother and a severely depressed older brother, Lola has to face responsibilities far beyond her years. An unexpected fire in the school dining hall, leads to Lola making life-changing relationships with an eclectic family of youths who accept her for who she is, share her troubles and help her tackle the hardest decision she has ever had to make...


The cover page of the book is very simple in vibrant colours of  yellow, green, brown and black. The title of the book and the name of the author is written in capitals in white colour. The cover page is very attractive and I liked it a lot.


The Gazebo by Emily McGlashan revolves around Lola Tarapichii who is a black girl and is discriminated a lot because of her colour and faces other problems also. She lives with her alcoholic mother and an elder brother, Sebastian who is depressed.The book shows how Lola in her daily routine faces the discrimination, manages household and her brother. 

The Gazebo is written in a simple and clear language in which a reader can easily dive in. It is written in first person narration and is very realistic.The narration was a bit slow initially but it picked up pace as the story progressed  that I was not able to put it down. The plot of the story is different dealing with the impacts of alcoholism and depression and what all problems the patient and their loved ones face because of it. It is very engrossing that I was able to finish the book in one sitting itself. 

There are quite a lot of characters in the story which are well developed and described from Lola to Daniel. I really liked Lola's character, how she deals with her mother and brother, gets upset but only in her room she becomes herself. I was able to relate with the characters a lot. 

The emotions are so beautifully penned that I was able to empathize with the characters. It was an emotional ride for me which made me cry at the end like the last conversation between Lola and Sebastian, it was so heart-touching. I really liked how the relationships are showed especially the friendship between Lola, Daniel, Trish, Evan, Judo and Sebastian. I adored  the relation of Sebastian and Lola especially the way Lola cared for Seb from his food to his room. The book very nicely shows Lola's helplessness, her craving to be loved and cared by her elder brother and mother, her care for her family and the discrimination which she faces. The book is a blend of different elements such as relations, disorders and racism. The title of the book is very well justified. 

Overall, it was a heartwarming and emotional read which showed the real side of alcoholism and depression. A very fine book and I loved it. I highly recommend this book to those who want to read a short and a quick read. 


Emily is a nineteen year old girl from Sheffield. She was born in London in 1997. Although she currently works full time as a casino valet, she has enjoyed writing and storytelling from a very young age. At age eleven, she decided to be an author when she grew up. She also enjoys scrolling through social media and playing "The Sims". 
Emily wrote the first draft of "The Gazebo" when she was just fifteen and it is her first finished novel. She hopes to publish more of her work in the future.

* I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Olympia Publishers) in exchange of a review. Thank You.

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