A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read. Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had... read more
“I'm not going to bother describing Chief Inspector Hearse or Deputy Inspector Cunningham for you at any great length. Mr. Treadstone, my old English teacher, used to say that when you're writing about a person, you don't need to describe every last thing about him or her. Instead, you should try to give just one telling detail to help the reader picture the character. Chief Inspector Hearse had a mole the size of a five-pence piece on his right cheek. Deputy Inspector Cunningham had the shiniest shoes I've ever seen.”
“When I read these books, I no longer felt like I was confined to a tiny world.”Alex, p. 74
“In case you didn't know, in secondary school - especially in the early years of secondary school - diversity is not celebrated.”Alex, p. 87
“telling a story is a way of trying to make life's complexity more comprehensible.”Alex
“Explaining things in writing, when I had time and space to think, and to say what I really meant, was so much better than trying to communicate in real time. I wished I could always communicate in writing. That, I thought, would make my life a whole lot easier.”Alex
“The more stuff you try to force into it, the less accommodating time becomes.”Alex, p. 308
A thoughtful teen could and most likely would, really enjoy this book, as Alex is 17 years old at the end, and most of the book takes place in his early teen years. For parents, there is some pretty harsh language, but always appropriately utilized and it never feels gratuitous.
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