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A Thin Place

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After a tumultuous family move and a discovery of groundbreaking secrets, Joe searches for connection, meaning and a way to forgive.

Joe’s family is tearing his life away from him. He has to leave his home, his friends, and his beloved dog to move to a new place. His reaction is as dramatic as any 16-year old's would be. His responses towards his family sets up the distrustful family dynamic from the outset. Readers carry on with Joe’s journey as he slowly starts to settle in and make friends. Amidst the turmoil of a family falling apart, there are wonderful moments where Joe gets to be a real teenager. Through these scenes, it’s clear that all Joe wants is connection and a meaning for the world around him. When family secrets and events start to shake the ground he stands on, Joe has to find a way to deal with the darkness and grasp onto the last shred of hope he can find.  


There is a clear naivety in Joe’s actions. He’s a teenager who does not quite understand the world but thinks he knows what is best for him. While his brother is dealing with mental health issues, Joe starts to distrust his family for their decisions. Even as events take a dark turn, Joe remains oblivious to the real issues at hand. He lacks empathy and compassion for his brother. He does not exercise understanding towards his mother. I like the way his character is written. This novel is an accurate depiction of how a 16-year old would react. What impacted the way I saw Joe as a character is the fact that this novel is based on real life. It is clear that A Thin Place is a way for Weiskircher to process his past and learn to forgive just as Joe does.  


I found parts of this novel predictable and frustrating. I just wanted to kick Joe and tell him to grow up! The ending felt like it was leading to something big but never came to fruition. However, I like the message. While I had some doubts about the possible alienation of mental health, I think that this novel illuminates the perspective of a young person facing it head on for the first time. This is a testament to hindsight. I appreciated Weiskircher’s ability to put his realisations down on paper and learn to accept what has happened. Is this the best book ever written? No. Is it still a nice read? Definitely.  

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I have been a reader forever. I still hold the record for reading the most books in Grade 1, and I have maintained that momentum. Now, I have a degree in English Literature and share my passion as an English teacher. I also have a blog where I occasionally post book reviews.

About the author

David Weiskircher grew up in the tree-studded hills of Ohio, before abruptly moving to Florida where there are few trees and even fewer hills. In his spare time, Mr. Weiskircher writes about things he learned in life, and more often than not, dogs. view profile

Published on June 21, 2019

Published by Smokeblood

90000 words

Genre: Social & Family Issues

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