Book Review: House of Windows
“The body is a house of many windows. There we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us”.
-Robert Leuis Stevension
The story revolves around a guy of fifteen ‘Nick’, who is exceptionally brilliant for his age. Proof you ask? Well this guy is 15. AND he goes to Cambridge University. I guess you don’t need further convincing that he actually is a genius. Let alone the fact that he absolutely hates being called a genius. All credits to his hard work he says.
I witnessed Nick’s character growing as I moved through each leaflet of this masterpiece. I could relate to him at a deep level. Applauds to Alaxia’s exceptionally descriptive writing. I could feel every emotion that Nick felt. As he was introduced to his new life at Cambridge, so did challenges and troubles take root. Being an introvert and having experienced being a misfit during his school days, all hell broke loose when he tried to step out of his bubble. Socializing had never been easy for him. And now that he was constantly surrounded by folks well beyond his age, it became rather difficult. However things started to take a turn when he decided to cox for his rowing crew. This was his first bet in giving his social life a go. Being way below the drinking age and quite too serious regarding his performance and competition with his fellow mates, life to him was no picnic.
I was moved by the fact that this kid had to drown himself in work to keep his mind off thoughts that provoked his sentiments. All he needed was a little love. A little attention is all that was needed to help keep intact his innocence. Yet as the saying goes, one rarely gets what one needs the most; Nick could never experience what he craved for. His father’s attention. Unasked. Genuine and wholehearted. Not sympathy, but merely some attention. And speaking of luxuries, a bit of love perhaps!
Nick isn’t the only character that you will fall in love with in this book. All characters are uniquely beautiful in their own way. Tim is a PhD student who will draw your attention quite many a times. Not just Nick, but even I got attached to him as time went by. When there is no family to look after Nick, there shows up angel Tim. Wink. Other than him there is Nick’s very adorable Godfather, Professor Goswin and Tim’s good friend Ange.
Alaxia has done an excellent job with this book. Having actually attended the university herself, she has vividly narrated all incidents, magically adding more and more life into the book. This book breathes my friends. I was overwhelmed with emotions, yet surprisingly I didn’t shed a tear throughout my read. There were times my heart skipped a few beats though. Like Nick’s car accident and the events that followed, Professor Goswin’s breakdown, the day of the results and a couple more.
This book will teach you that if you are different, don’t be weighed down by it. Don’t count yourself as a misfit, even if the whole world starts screaming it on top of their lungs. Life will throw challenges at you mercilessly at times, but then you just have to deal with it. For that’s what life is all about. Dealing with it.
Loved the read. If the book were a person I would cuddle it tight and show all my love. But since I can’t I’ll just recommend it to all my readers. Happy reading!