Once upon a time there was a boy whose home was a van and whose world was his father.
Be warned: this is not a fairytale. Although it does contain love, betrayal, escape, and most important of all, a kiss.
But you have to be ready for an unpredictable journey through a realm where nothing is black or white.
That, of course, is why you should take the first step.
A startling new voice shows us a painful truth: You can't help who you fall in love with.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 18/03/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340992500
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Review by coolmama
I was really looking forward to reading this, after all the hype and promotion it received.It wasn't what I had expected. The book is told through the eyes of Nevis Gow, a 15 yr old boy who lives with his father Marshall in a Ford Transit van. They have been living in the van for the last 11 years. They shun and scorn society (Marshall was an English teacher in London in the past), schooling, the world.Nevis not only loves his father, but is in love with him. Growing up in such an isolated fashion, Nevis is quite naive about the world and socieital norms. Marshall crashes the van in a field, and their lives change.Nevis is an interesting narrator - he is dark, confused, obsessional, child like and funny.I enjoyed other characters (and really liked their vernacular Scottish being used) Ailsa, Duckman and Elizabeth.Looking forward to more by Emily.