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: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 05/08/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340992517
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Review by HeikeM
This is a very strange book, in a good way. It tells you about the relationship of a 15 year-old boy with his father, who took him out of society when he was 4 and made a life for the two of them in a van, travelling, avoiding people and the world in general. The boy grows up without any idea what the real world is like, what is right or wrong or how to behave. And being an adolescent he falls in love with the only other being he knows - his father. It is a very haunting story, told by the boy, who's world shatters when the father crashes the van and they find shelter on a nearby farm with a group of people who has their own share of problems. The book is well written, nice to read and the story is dark and warped enough to keep my attention. The novel just avoids being simple - sometimes it was a bit to easy to read, no real challenge here. But it was fun enough.