Freak Like Me by Hannah O’Donnell is a super short read at around 10 pages. I couldn’t resist picking it up on my Kindle for 99p, especially considering I’ve read two other books from O’Donnell this year and really enjoyed them. The author also happens to be Hannah from LadetteM, one of my lovely bookish friends!
This short story is set in a world where each person has an animal familiar which turns up not long after birth. Our main character’s parents both have birds as their familiars. But hers? Hers is a python.
This is a story about judgement, about fitting in, and about being true to yourself. It’s is written absolutely beautifully and my one and only complaint is that it wasn’t longer! I would absolutely adore a full story based in this world and with Hannah’s gorgeous writing.
On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 7, Atmosphere: 8, Writing: 8, Plot: 9, Intrigue: 9, Logic: 8, and Enjoyment: 8 to give it an 8.14 score and a 4.5* rating.
Highlight here for trigger warnings: snakes, bullying.
This has just solidified for me that I really do love Hannah’s storytelling and I’m so excited to read whatever she publishes next. Have you ever read anything written by her, and if not… you should! Try out this tiny short story and see what you think!