Every Seven-Year-Old Deserves A Superhero. That's Just How It is.
'To most people, seven-year-old Elsa's granny is eccentric, if not crazy. To Elsa, she's a superhero. One with a superpower like no other: storytelling. When Granny leaves Elsa a mysterious series of letters apologising to those she has wronged, her stories come to life in ways Elsa could never have imagined, sending her on a breathtaking adventure of her own...'
I could very easily sit here and recount the story, the parts that stood out to me the most, which characters felt so real it was almost as though I had met them before. But that would never do this sweet, quirky book justice. Celebrating the imperfections, vulnerabilities and uncertainties that come with life, we follow Elsa as she makes sure each mysterious letter left by her Granny makes it to the intended recipient, and also as she nagivates through life without the presence of the one person who had always been right by her side, no matter what.
“People in the real world always say, when something terrible happens, that the sadness and loss and aching pain of the heart will “lessen as time passes,” but it isn’t true. Sorrow and loss are constant, but if we all had to go through our whole lives carrying them the whole time, we wouldn’t be able to stand it. The sadness would paralyze us. So in the end we just pack it into bags and find somewhere to leave it.”
“Death’s greatest power is not that it can make people die, but that it can make people want to stop living.”
This is for anyone that had a Grandparent who seemed to be able to take on anything, and for anyone who always longed for one. For anyone who values the pure magic of storytelling. For anyone that, as a child, felt different, or misunderstood. For anyone who still does. And for anyone who believes that things don't ever have to be done conventionally, in the way they're supposed to be done, because "there is nothing wrong with being different. Granny said that only different people change the world."
"Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild's ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact. A grandmother is both a sword and a shield."
“Elsa decides that even if people she likes have been shits on earlier occasions, she has to learn to carry on liking them. You’d quickly run out of people if you had to disqualify all those who at some point have been shits.”