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5 Reasons to Read Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore

A couple of days ago I finished reading Gut Feelings by C.G Moore and I was blown away by it. It is such an inspiring and heart-felt book that I will be recommending a lot in the future. Today I wanted to share 5 reasons why you should read Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore!

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.


This book is incredibly inspiring. This book is about Chris’ journey with his chronic illness, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) which is something I had very little knowledge of prior to reading Gut Feelings. Seeing what Chris, his mother and his grandfather have gone through in their lives has really inspired me. Since reading I’ve looked into FAP a lot more and have learnt a lot about the condition.

I feel incredibly inspired by the words in this book and how strong Chris and his family have been with all they have face and all that is discussed in the book. This book has certainly inspired me to look more into chronic illnesses, not just FAP. I am looking to learn how to be more aware of chronic illnesses and the challenges people with them face and I’m so glad that this book inspired me to do that.

Chronic Illness Representation

Gut Feelings shows the chronic illness, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). It isn’t often that I read books with chronic illness representation as I don’t know of many. There certainly isn’t another that I can find which shows the chronic illness FAP. I feel this is incredibly important to show in a book as it shows what a number of people have to experience in their lifetime and the issues that they face daily.

It also give people with FAP a book that represents them, to show that them others have experienced/are experiencing it too and give them hope for the future. I feel we need a lot more books with chronic illness representations, especially those which aren’t discussed often.


Gut Feelings shows the joys and struggles of being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Most importantly it shows what it is like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community whilst having a chronic illness. This isn’t often seen in books and it is incredibly inspiring throughout.

It is clear to see how important it was for the author to show his struggles with being part of the LGBTQ+ community but also the joys that he has faced being in the community as well. It is a wonderful addition to the UKYA LGBTQ+ novel collection!

Beautiful Design

Gut Feelings has been designed so beautifully and it clear that the layout has been thought out throughly. Some verse books that I have read in the past have been very bland with the designs throughout but Gut Feelings is far from this.

Every page is unique and beautiful. There are so many beautiful illustrations and layouts throughout which I really think make the book stand out.

Extraordinary Writing

I love a book that is written in verse and this one in particular has become one of my favourites. So many of the poems in this book stood out to me and I have tabbed so many of them to look at when I need to feel inspired or I need a positive lift.

Every sentence in this book is beautiful and has been written with so much thought. Despite its hard topics and heart-breaking events this book never fails to feel beautiful and it has the writing to thank for that!

I adored this book and cannot recommend it enough. Those were 5 reasons to read Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore. I am now off to read the debut novel by this author, Fallout!

I highly recommend that you pick this one up as soon as you can!

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