I picked this up because of the themes and because I’d read a book by Brian Conaghan earlier this year and really loved it. Refugees are topical subject, our students study them in various areas and we have a community of students who are themselves, refugees. I thought this would be a good insight into their lives and that it might be something they would enjoy reading.
I found it very slow. Interesting and well written, but slow. I think it will irritate some of my readers as they wade through it waiting for the good stuff to happen. By the time I got to all the action I was nearly ready to quit. I stuck at it but will admit to skipping pages on the way. Having said that it is a decent read. And it was gritty too in places. I just wanted it to move along. The best thing about the book is the relationship between the two boys at the heart of it. They are true friends and the friendship is tested often.
I really wanted more. Not a bad book at all, but a difficult sell to teenage boys who need pace and vigor in their stories way earlier than this one brings that into play.