A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Keith Stuart’s book is a wonderful, charming and slightly edgy story about a family in the middle of a crisis. I found Alex’s journey from being really unlikeable to someone you want to root for, heart warming but also a bit of a masterclass. Kudos to the author for that.
It’s a great bookclub choice. A good bookclub book needs a variety of themes and interesting but relatable characters. A Boy Made of Blocks nails it. The disintegration of their marriage had so many layers, I can see readers taking sides and interpreting it differently. Not to mention the nature of the father and son relationship. Throw in the minecraft element and its perfect for a good discussion. After all who doesn’t have a view about kids and gaming? Other people’s divorce? The role of dads?
Afterwards I started wondering what the real story was and what I’d take away from it. There was one quote that has stayed with me, and summed up the overall story:
“Life is an adventure, not a walk. That’s why it’s so difficult.”
I’m not sure why but it reminds me of the John Lennon line ‘life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’. I love how this reminds me that life never really does what you expect, and that sadly the hard stuff is generally what shapes it. But it’s always about the path you take.
So, get your bookish friends together read, discuss and enjoy.
And if you’re not in a bookclub, it would make a spot on Father’s Day gift.