The Things Owen Wrote follows a young boy who lives in Canada, whose notebook has accidentally been sent to Iceland instead of his Grandad’s friend’s notebook. The story follows the two of them as they embark on a trip to Iceland to retrieve Owen’s notebook, which holds a secret that Owen tries to hide from his Grandad at all costs.
I really enjoyed reading The Things Owen Wrote. It was fantastic to finally read a book that is set in Iceland. I have been to Iceland before and it is a beautiful country and I’m so glad this novel was predominantly set there. It is clear that Jessica has done a lot of research when writing this book (not only for Iceland but for the poet that the book also frequently mentions) and I think it is portrayed in a way which is not too overwhelming and therefore easy to understand, but in a way that beautifully captures the scenery and experience of Iceland – everything from the tourist attractions to the eggy smell of the water!
Owen and his Grandad were very likeable characters as was Aris, a woman we also encounter. It was clear to see how much they care for one another, especially the lengths that Owen goes to hide the secret that is written in his notebook from his Grandad. Although this secret wasn’t as big as I was anticipating, it was still sweet nonetheless and made an original, yet adventure filled road trip.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book! it is a very quick read, yet full of adventure, family love, secrets and a unique setting! (Also the cover is beautiful <3)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*