The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerald Kelly
David and Fiona have one son Colom. Yet no matter what they do, Colum, now 14, acts out at school and is desensitized when it comes to any sort of discipline. David, who is a Pastor is adamant that Colom receive any counseling through the Church and that no outside help be administered. Fiona, who just wants to help Colom is not so sure her husband’s ways are right this time.
As Colom continues to strike out as school, and have nightmares about a drowning sister although he has no sister, the walls feel like they are closing in on this family. David becomes more and more distant from his son and Fiona finds no other solution but to take Colom and run seeking shelter through the kindness of a friend… hoping perhaps distance from his father and from the school pressures will help Colom sort through what he is going through.
but how much of what is happening is Colom, and how much is David and Fiona’s own creation?
The Boy Who Loved Rain is a powerful read. I was unsure picking this book up what I was in for…would I experience the slow destruction of a boy like in Nineteen Minutes? Would I find the cold calculations of a child like in We Need To Talk About Kevin?
As it turns out, no, The Boy Who Loved Rain is an entirely different type of book and one that I enjoyed thoroughly. Written in an almost lyrical way I like how this story unfolds from a family to individuals and it felt true to life. Broken people just trying to get it right. The book also brings up great discussion questions and I could not help but think that this would make for a good group read.
This book is a thought-provoking read. I enjoyed spending time with it very much.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition (January 1, 2015)
I was able to experience this journey with Colom thanks to TLC Book Tours