Tuck Everlasting is a dreamy book. It has a dreamlike quality to it. From the minute the book opened in Treegap, the place where the story takes place, it felt like I had stepped into a hazy forest, where everything was happening around me, and I was a wide-eyed spectator.
To be honest, before I started reading the book, I was a little worried that Tuck Everlasting, the movie, would overpower my imagination. While scenes from the movie, which I watched a few years ago, did linger and when I was reading the book, it did not really affect my visualization of the story the way Natalie Babbit wrote it.
However, what did overshadow my imagination were three characters – Winnie Foster, the man in the yellow suit and Jess Tuck played by Alexis Bledel, Ben Kingsley and Johnathan Jackson in the movie. After a point, I stopped resisting this and just let it be. Soon enough, I was enjoying the story the way Babbit was telling it.
Tuck Everlasting is a story with a couple of twists that kept me latched onto it. It delves into the life of a young girl, Winnie, who is tired of being fussed about by her mother and grandmother. And her desire to get away from it, albeit only for a day, throws her into the middle of an adventure that can change the course of her life.
In the first few pages I felt that Winnie was being a bit too petulant for a young girl who doesn’t know any better. But as the story shaped up, Winnie’s character sheds its old skin (in a very natural and subtle way) and in its place is a Winnie that’s evolved through the events that transpire between the pages of the book.
Would I recommend this book? Oh yes of course. If you are looking for a small dreamy story, that has undertones of romance and fantasy, then Tuck Everlasting is a good pick.
Want to know why I included Natalie Babbit’s Tuck Everlasting in this month’s book haul? Read on here.