Nine year old Leon becomes an older half-brother to the perfect baby, Jake. However, their mother Carol isn’t coping after Jake’s arrival, which leads to the boys going to a foster home. Jake is adopted leaving Leon without a mother or brother trying to translate what the grown-ups mean. When Maureen, Leon’s foster- mother is taken ill more disruption leads to Leon’s anger and resentment for the separation he’s been dealt.
Based in the eighties, London, I found this book, told from Leon’s point of view, compelling. Being immersed in the era of my own childhood made this read special. At times funny but overall heart-breaking and provocative with a hint of optimism, there was no way to avoid feeling affection for Leon and reading him grow as the story progressed.
Beautifully written and utterly mesmerising, I really loved reading this and was sorry to reach the end and disengage from the characters. I emphatically recommend this read.
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