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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers' Favorite
All Goose ever wanted as a 10-year-old girl was to be understood and appreciated. She didn’t have friends in elementary school, and her teacher, Ms. Vincent, always found a way to ridicule her efforts, subtly endorse the bad behavior of her classmates toward her, and dwell more on her inadequacies. Despite all these challenges, one thing Goose derived immense joy from and was very good at was writing. But this great talent of hers was made to seem unimportant and small by people in school, and this affected her a great deal. Little wonder that even though Dillon Hershkop (Goose’s real name) later grew up to become a renowned writer, she still feels a void in her life despite being blessed with fame, a lovely family, and a sterling career. This void forces her to reluctantly agree to a time-travel experiment. Could this be the much-needed revival in Dillon’s life? Find out in this breathtaking novel, Helipads in Heaven, beautifully written by Shanti Hershenson.
First of all, I must say that I have never read a book that struck me and held me spellbound from the first page to the last like Helipads in Heaven. The writer narrates the story with so much simplicity and ease that it makes you feel comfortable and able to relate well to it. We can feel every emotion of the characters, both in their adult years and childhood days. I love the responsibility and eye-opening moments it places on teachers and parents to keep an eye on the children in their care and be sensitive to their needs. It opens us to the mind of a child who needed validation and appreciation from the people that mattered most. It also brings out the vice of bullying in schools and the need to do better as teachers and parents, as bullying has tremendous effects on children. I enjoyed Helipads in Heaven so much, and I will recommend it to everybody I know. Kudos to the author for this amazing book and for blessing the world with such talent and experience.