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4.0 out of 5 stars
Stones by Polly Johnson, 10 Dec. 2013
Stones is a story about teenage Coo coming to terms with the death of her violent, alcoholic brother as well as dealing with the insecurities of growing up, her guilt at his death and the gaping chasm between her and her parents. Striking an unlikely companionship with homeless, alcoholic Banks gives her a greater insight into the seedy life that claimed her brother and forces her to confront fears that she may have been the cause of his death. As her relationship with Banks develops, so does her understanding of her parents' feelings of loss as well as her own grief, though getting there almost costs her her own life.
The author is skilful in showing how Coo, almost unwittingly through her need to be acknowledged by parents and peers, is drawn to life on the streets and its colourful characters. It explores the complex insecurities of a young girl dealing with guilt, grief and growing up. I was drawn in from the first few pages and the fact that the book has no fairytale ending makes it much more readable (I would have been disappointed if it had). I would definitely recommend this as a pretty good read.