Reviews & Ramblings

Review: The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

Publishing by Bloomsbury 4th August, 2020


Everyone talks about falling in love like it’s the most miraculous, life changing thing in the world. Something happened, they say, and you know…

That’s what happened when I met Kit Godden. I looked into his eyes and I knew.

Only everyone else knew too. Everyone else felt exactly the same way.


The Great Godden is whimsical and nostalgic. It exudes warmth and fun and family. From the first page you are wrapped up in a typical family holiday, shown the amazing beach house and thrown into a whirlwind summer holiday.

The pages turn with ease due to a writing style that is loose and relaxed. Spending a summer with this family was fantastic. It felt like a true family holiday with all of the drama that goes with it.

There were endless complex characters, each with their own flaws, issues and perfections. Each one adding to the story which revolves around the mysterious Godden brothers.

Kit Godden is a bit of an enigma, a free spirit. Someone who lives for the now and feels in the now. I think we all know someone like Kit. But for all of his freedoms, he is a sad and lonely boy, trying to make up for the lack of love he got from an absentee mother.

We are never explicitly told about our protagonist. Their name, age, gender, it is all up to the readers imagination. I love this aspect of the book. It didn’t matter that we weren’t told explicitly. The book didn’t revolve around he or she, it revolved around our protagonists experiences, feelings and family.

I devoured this book, it was so easy to read and to lose yourself in. It maked me yearn to rent a beach house for the summer, to be near the beach.

Thank you so much to the team at Bloomsbury for sending me a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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