The Day I was Erased

The Day I was Erased front cover

When we meet main character Maxwell it quickly becomes clear that he is a young school boy that takes everyone and everything for granted, showing no regard for others. There are ongoing issues at home with his parents seemingly on the brink of separation, constantly arguing and showing little interest in either Maxwell or his older sister.

It would be easy to excuse Maxwells outbursts and unruly behaviour on this turmoil at home but it felt equally frustrating that he had not tried seeking the help and support that would benefit him and his behaviour especially given that Maxwell was a big reason for his parents arguing. It is clear that he isn’t remorseful at any point for the hurt, upset and chaos he causes on a near daily basis.

The characters are easily relatable to in The Day I was Erased taking the reader on an emotional journey, flicking between sympathy and frustration dependant on who the plot involved and whether there was implications on others.

When Maxwell wishes he never existed (after he comes to realise everyone hates him) this makes for an interesting twist and when it becomes clear that his wish has worked and he is no longer anyone relevant to all those that actually do matter to him and everything in relation to his entire life as he knew is undone – friends, family, achievements he realises he needs to make amends for how he has behaved.

Reading of his predicament I was actually glad he had a much needed chance to step back and re-evaluate what is important to him with the anticipation that he could still make amends if he got the opportunity, sympathising with Maxwell whilst he lived his very own Quantum Leap moment

Not only do you feel quickly immersed into the life of Maxwell and his family as you read, young readers will also find it easy to relate to the chapters within school, the references to television programmes, social media and the dynamics of home life, along with so much more.

With the conclusion to Maxwells adventures there is a genuine believe that he gets what he deserves, and what is certain is that this is a great addition to our school and home libraries fulfilling the need we all have in wanting to ensure we surround this generation of young readers with quality texts to read and enjoy and Lisa Thompson once again provides a title that does just that.

Published by – Scholastic Publication date – 03.01.19 RRP – £6.99 (PB)

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