River Boy is a touching book, which talks about the relationship between the main character, Jess, and her grandpa. Her grandpa was a printer. He's dying, but he refused to stay in hospital. He insisted on returning to the isolated valley where he lived as a child to finish his last painting: River Boy. While helping her grandpa finished his last painting, Jess found out the myth of the relationship between grandpa, the river boy, and herself.
The book is just telling an ordinary story of a grandpa dying. It's just so normal and peaceful that it may be boring without the extraordinary writing technique of the writer. In each sentence in the whole book, the writer had only used limited vocabulary, especially adjective, and simple sentence structure. He didn't describe things much, but yet, still emotive and moving. It's very easy for readers to imagine each scene in the story by the writer’s description, but there are still a lot of spaces for readers to imagine the details. I think there will be different scenes and imagination for different people to read.
I love the feeling when reading it. It just makes me feel free when reading it. Unlike some exciting fictions, like Dan Brown's one, which you will be forced to keep on reading it and just can't get away from it, this book have not much climax. Through out the book, it is peaceful, with a bit of sadness and desperate.
In the ending, grandpa died peacefully. You may have a few drop of tears, but the overall feeling is positive.
It's hard to describe the feeling by words. So the best way to know it is to feel it by yourself. I truly recommend this moving and touching book to you.