Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Review: Boy's Don't Cry - Malorie Blackman

Title: Boys Don't Cry
Author: Malorie Blackman
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Release Date:28/04/2011
Genre: Young Adult
Rating:3.5/5

“You’ve got it all planned out. A summer of freedom, university, a career as a journalist - your future looks bright. But then the doorbell rings. It’s your ex-girlfriend, and she’s carrying a baby. Your baby. You agree to look after it, just for an hour or two. Then she doesn’t come back - and your life changes for ever.”

Being a big fan of Malorie Blackman I had high expectations for this book and I can honestly say that once again she didn’t disappoint me. The story is about a 17 year old boy named Dante who is waiting excitedly for his A level results to arrive to find out if he has gotten into his dream university. The realism of this book is what makes the reader sympathise with the characters. The nerves Dante has is something we can all relate too. However instead of just receiving his a level results he is met on the door step by his ex girlfriend holding a baby she claims to be his. Underage pregnancy is another issue many teenagers in the UK can relate too however this case its very unusual, Dante and Melanie had only one drunken sexual episode at a party, and baby Emma is the result. 
Dante’s life is changed forever and his dreams are destroyed, or so he believes. Melanie leaves the house to “buy nappies” and never returns. A teenage boy nightmare.The other character in the book is Adam, Dante’s younger brother.

The book alternates from Dante’s and Adam’s point of view which provides an alternate perspective on the situation. Although the book is primarily about Dante and his new daughter Emma we also get an insight into Adam’s life. Adam is comfortably gay although towards the end of the book he struggles with homophobia and the repercussions of being homosexual in a society which not everybody can accept homosexuals.

My only concern is that at some points in the book seem a bit rushed. One minute Dante is horrified at the thought of being a father then he suddenly welcomes the idea to the point where he becomes protective of anyone trying to take Emma away. However Malorie Blackman's writing does plenty to draw you in and keep your attention with the story, not bothering with the excessive and often boring detail used by some authors. Boy's Don't Cry was a very quick read, definitely a page turner!

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