Amy’s Thoughts On…Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore

Gut Feelings By C.G. Moore

Published By: UCLan Publishing

Released: 7th January 2021

CAWPILE Rating: 7.8 / 4 ★

Book Depository / Waterstones

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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At school, I learned that words,
More than weapons,
Could destroy bodies,
Could break hearts
More than fists or fury.

This is the story of Chris, what happened to him at age eleven and how that would change the rest of his life. A life-affirming and powerful coming of age verse novel that shines a light on chronic illness, who we are and how we live.

Familial adenomatous polyposis
fa mIljal aedI na matas p la pousIs noun

An inherited disorder characterised by the rapid growth of small, pre-cancerous polyps in the large intestines.

Amy’s Thoughts

I discovered C.G. Moore last year when I had a chance to read his debut novel, Fall Out, which I loved. So, when I found out about his latest release, Gut Feelings I knew automatically that I had to read it. I was intrigued as to how this book was going to differ from his debut, especially as it was written in verse and had the topic of chronic illness.

Gut Feelings follows Chris as he battles with his chronic illness – Familial adenomatous polyposis – An inherited disorder characterised by the rapid growth of small, pre-cancerous polyps in the large intestines. Written in verse, we follow Chris through diagnosis, surgery and recovery. Ultimately, we see Chris’s journey through his eyes and how that’s changed him.

Well, this was such a beautiful, poignant, powerful read that had me in awe. It felt so personal like I was there with Chris on his life-changing journey. I was so moved throughout the book that at times I felt tears starting to fall. You do get deep into the gritty side of living with a chronic illness, and as someone who doesn’t live with one, I felt like I was learning as I went along with the book. To discover the stigma that people living with chronic and invisible illnesses face did open my eyes, and it did get me thinking as to how much these people go through both physically and mentally. You also get an idea of how illnesses not only affect the person with them, but their families too, and this was evident throughout Gut Feelings. I felt for not only Chris but his mum, dad, aunt and other family and friends that we are introduced too. Also, one final thing, I found it interesting to see how Chris’s illness affected his relationships as a gay man. It’s not something I would have thought about before reading Gut Feelings, so my eyes were also opened to this and I found myself gaining knowledge as well.

Novels written in verse are becoming one of my favourite ways to tell a story, and with Gut Feelings, this was no different! The writing was stunning and pulled on my heartstrings several times. Each poem brought a different edge to the story and each one wasn’t out of place. The way the story was set into three parts also stood out to me, as we got to go deep into the diagnosis, treatment and aftermath, all important things when you have an illness. Each part was so intricate and detailed and you got to learn a lot about Chris’s condition on a personal basis.

Gut Feelings was a distinctive, gorgeous, emotive read that affected me in more ways than one. I am in awe at how entranced I was by the beautiful storytelling and heart-rendering poetry. C.G. Moore is certainly an author to look out for, and I am excited to read what he releases next.

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