The truth is, it ain't just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly it's black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. It's countless of things. There's bare reasons for feeling vexed right now.
Growing up on a south London estate and excluded from every school that would take her, Alesha is the poster girl for the nation's 'feral youth'. When a young teacher makes an unexpected reappearance in the 15-year-old's life, opening the door to a world of salaries, pianos and middle-class housemates, Alesha's instinct is to pull up her hood and return to the streets. But fuelled by a need to survive, she falls into a cycle of crime, violence and drug-dealing, her one true ally deserting her when she needs him most. While everyone around her is rallying against the authorities in a war of haves and have-nots, Alesha finds herself caught in the crossfire, inextricably linked to the people she is trying to fight against. Can she see a way out? And as riots sweep the nation, whose side will she take?
©2013 Polly Courtney (P)2013 The Copyright Group
"A breakthrough book… Alesha is compelling, even loveable. In the choices she has to make, she raises some uncomfortable questions about this abandoned generation of poor, semi-literate, 'feral' youth." (Independent on Sunday)
“Feral Youth is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Emotionally charged throughout I instantly felt a connection to the disenfranchised protagonist.” (Creative Bloc)
“If you want to understand why so many young people took to the streets two summers ago, read this book.” (Sonya Thomas, Reading the Riots)
“Feral Youth is as compelling as it is horrifying. It lifts the lid on the lives of marginalised young people that the media demonises and the rest of us prefer to ignore.” (Fiona Bawdon, journalist)
“Courtney’s latest book gives an insight into the young lives of generation recession, revealing the riots as inevitable and a long-time-coming.” (The Student Journals)
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"Give Life A Chance..."
A chance is not something you get if you live in the mean streets, were kindness is weakness.
I was unsure when the narration started, but if gang culture in gritty realistic settings is your type of story, it sounds like this story may be one for you.
Exceptionally well read - the "street language" style and accent are very well done - it's difficult to pull it off without becoming annoying but the exceptionally good narration with plenty of feeling and the correct emphasis makes it sounds like they are really talking about their own life and feelings and not reading something...brilliant!!
The story itself seems quite interesting but, as is often the case with these previews, the preview is just too short to be sure, hence the 3 stars - down the middle, innit cuz?
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