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This is about fifteen-year-old Alice who has an acquired brain injury. She has difficulty voicing her thoughts but writes them beautifully in poems, which she leaves around her small Australian town for strangers to find. Manny finds them. He is a refugee, a child soldier who is trying to establish a new life in Australia.
The book is written entirely in lower case, as we see everything through Alice’s eyes, with small sections of the book in Manny’s voice. The lower case writing draws us immediately into Alice’s way of seeing – might not be correct grammar but it expresses Alice’s voice authentically. A perfect pairing.
I enjoyed this book as Alice you see becoming her own person and she makes small careful steps towards being more independent. It is a tender story well told
Some things you can’t just walk away from
This is a heart wrenching book, real and scary about Jace who knocks on the door of his brother Christian’s apartment with a broken face and $3.84 plus a secret, after not having seen Christian for 6 years.
Their Dad is a serious abuser of their whole family including his mother, Christian got away all those years ago after he could not take it any longer
Jace then took a lot of beatings, he thought he had to stay to protect his mum and maybe take some of the abuse that she was getting but he finally cracks one day and has to leave.
He desperately want his mother to leave or maybe he could go back and get her but in reality his mum is still trapped.
Christian has made a new life for himself and Jace must try to do the same thing.
Swati Avasthi gives a riveting portrait of what happens after. After you decide to leave, after you make the split – How do you make a life?