How did I get it?
I bought it.
Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s not easy when your mum is a depressed alcoholic, and your six-year-old brother thinks he’s a dog.
When Mum fails to come home one night, Laurence tells nobody, terrified he and his brother will be taken into care if anyone finds out. Instead, he attempts to keep up the pretence that Mum is still around: dressing up in her clothes to trick the neighbours and spinning an increasingly complicated tangle of lies. After two weeks on their own, running out of food and money, and with suspicious adults closing in, Laurence finally discovers what happened to his mother. And that’s when the trouble really starts . . .
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time now. I’m glad I bought it because it truly is a heart-warming, thought provoking story. It’s a tough subject matter, but Dave Cousins handles it beautifully and injects some much needed humour to lighten up the story.
The main characters were beautifully developed. Laurence was strong and really wanted to do the best by his little brother. Jay was incredibly endearing. Their relationship was portrayed wonderfully and I really believed in them and wanted their situation to be better.
Dave Cousins makes the teenage voice of Laurence so realistic. At times, it’s painful at times to read what the family are going through. This wouldn’t be so if you didn’t have such a talented writer setting the scene that is unfortunately common for many families.
I can’t wait to read more from Dave Cousins and I would recommend this book to people of all ages.
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