~Book Review~ 4 Years Trapped In My Mind Palace By Johan Twiss

About the Book : Diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis, fourteen-year-old Aaron Greenburg is paralyzed from head to toe. Doctors believe he is essentially brain dead and unaware of his surroundings, but Aaron is very much aware—trapped in his own mind with no way to communicate.

To cope with his imprisonment, he retreats to an imaginary world called his Mind Palace, but the lines between reality, and time itself, start to blur when he receives a new patient as a roommate—an old, outspoken, Jewish jazz musician, named Solomon.

Filled with witty humor and heart-warming experiences, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace is a coming-of-age story, entwined with an end-of-age story, that will capture your imagination with a hint of nostalgia, a hint of the whimsical unknown, and a wild adventure through modern history.

My Say :  4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace by Johan Twiss is a mind-blowing story which shows a powerful storyline and strong characters. This story is as much a story of growing up as it is of what life is all about. It’s heartbreaking to imagine what kind of life Aaron must have had before his friend came along. Abandoned and forced to witness the world pass him by without being able to do anything. It is a very creative engagement between a paralysed boy and an elderly man and his granddaughter that is warm and exciting. I couldn’t stop reading once I got started this book asI wanted to know what Aaron would do and learn. His relationship with Solomon is a joy to read about, as they discover their strengths and weaknesses dealing with health and daily struggles. Johan Twiss has managed to capture the lives of the two characters in such a great way that this book became an absolute delight to read. This is a story with great psychological depths. Trapped in his own mind, everyone, including experts in the medical field things that Aaron is brain dead, that he knows nothing happening around him but they are way far from the truth, because the protagonist is well aware of his environment, he just can’t communicate. He is in a kind of prison and how he deals with it is the twist in this story. This is a gripping, intelligently written story that will thrill fans of suspense and psychological lovers. I really enjoyed this book as I am interested in ideas around consciousness and the interconnectedness of ‘souls’ or minds. I loved the cover and of course the title! Highly recommended.

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