There's unrequited love, lust (lots of it), bad romantic poetry, too many essays, and plenty of crisps.
But the seventeen-year-old boy in this story has something extra to contend with.
His older brother has learning difficulties and is languishing in a care home.
Listening to his heart rather than his head, the boy knows he must get his brother, nicknamed Simple, out.
But as their father is entirely preoccupied with his new wife, it's up to the boy to liberate Simple, and that means finding somewhere for them to live in the city.
Funny, thought-provoking and clever, this French bestseller won the Prix SNCF du Livre de Jeunesse and was dramatised for French television; in Germany it won the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/08/2012
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781408814710
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Review by RefPenny
Kleber has moved to Paris for his sixth form year. He has found a flat and has his eye on 2 different girls but life is made even more interesting by his decision to take on the care of his older brother. Simple has the IQ of a 3-year-old and has been in an institution but is unhappy there. He and Mister Babbit (his toy rabbit) are happy to be living with Kleber but nothing is plain sailing.Simple and Mister Babbit are delightfully funny characters who are catalysts for change in others’ lives in this captivating story. This book is not for everyone but teens who enjoy quirky books that make them think; will find it rewarding reading.