I’ve been promising a review on this book since October, and I’ve finally gotten around to finishing it! I was asked to review this book by the author, Helen Smith, quite a while ago. Thankfully, Helen was very patient with me as I dealt with many different things throughout the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 that kept me from doing a timely review of her book. So, without any further delay, here is my review of Being Light by Helen Smith.
This book is definitely a different comedy novel than I’ve read before. We begin with our “main character” Roy, who happens to be suddenly swept away by a strong gust of wind while trying to install one of those bouncy castles (You know, the ones you can’t keep the kids off of at the fair, flea market, etc.). So, Roy is swept away to former circus performer/trainer Sylvia’s farm. Roy actually believes that he has made it to heaven. Smith’s description of Roy’s views of the farm really make you see how dumbfounded Roy is at his circumstance, making for a wonderfully funny story. Our absent Roy has also left behind a loving wife–Shelia. Shelia, not wanting to believe Roy is really gone forever, goes on a hunt to find him, ultimately believing that he has been kidnapped by aliens, so she enlists Mrs. Fitzgerald (and her missing persons bureau) to help find him. We also meet many other characters such as Alison, Jeremy, and others, who all end up somehow being a part of this crazy chase to find long-lost Roy. It is almost a comedy of errors as Smith takes us through different scenes in each character’s life, and it becomes almost a six-degrees-of-separation type of story that keeps you reading until the end to discover how everything will be brought together and whether or not we will ever see Roy reunited with Shelia again. I really did enjoy Smith’s story telling ability with this book. The only thing that could have been improved was the connection of the characters. This could have been only my taking so long to read it due to different circumstances, but I thought some more information on each set of characters would have been nice so we could enjoy the reaction of the ending scene a bit more. I suppose I would have liked to have seen them be a bit more relevant to some of the story than it seemed some were. Overall, however, Being Light was a great read and very entertaining. I will most likely revisit this book in the future in the hopes to be able to read it straight through with no distractions.
Coffee & Literature gives Being Light a B. Great work, Helen! I look forward to reading much more from you!