Malorie Blackman: Boys Don’t Cry

Veröffentlicht: April 4, 2012 in 5 Sterne - Unbedingt anschaffen!!, Englisch, Familie
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Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman tells the story of Dante and Adam, two teenage siblings who live with their single father after their mother’s death. The point of view alternates between the two boys, telling about their lives, hopes, fears and problems.

The book starts with Dante awaiting anxiously his A Level exam results, because he hopes that his excellent scores will bring him to university one year early. But the knock at the door doesn’t bring the expected postman but Melanie, his old girlfriend who has been gone for over a year. Melanie doesn’t only drop in – she brings some unexpected news that turn Dante’s life upside down.

“The news” is Emma, Melanie’s baby, who turns out to be Dante’s daughter, too. Melanie asks Dante to look after Emma for an hour although Dante is obviously not happy with that. His unhappiness even increases dramatically when he learns that Melanie has gone for good and left him alone with the baby. Now, he has to cope with his new life as a teenage father, his lost future plans, the new responsibilities and the prejudices of his friends as well as of public authorities.

After the first shock, his father, brother and aunt help him where they can, although they have their own problems. Adam, Dante’s younger brother also has to struggle with prejudices because he is gay and is bullied for his sexual orientation.

Malorie Blackman has written this story so believably that the reader can almost feel the characters‘ moments of shock, fear, regret, anger and joy. A provoking, but highly realistic topic – good read!

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