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5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic story telling, emotional, sincere, amazing book, 29 Jun 2011
Having read the first book, Gypsy Boy, I was left wondering about what happened after we left Mikey Walsh and so was delighted to find out that he had decided to continue his story with us.
Gypsy Boy on the Run picks up from where Mikey leavs the traveller camp he has grown up on, and his family behind. It was clearly a heartbreaking decision for someone so young at the time.
The story follows Mikey as he is on the run from those who say he has disgraced his people, while in the meantime he is on a journey of self discovery - of finding out who is meant to me and then accepting who he is and making a life for himsef, far removed from what was ever expected of him.
Mikey Walsh tells his story with such honesty and raw emotion, only the really cold hearted out there could fail to be gripped by his tale. It is testament to the writer that the reader so instantly feels he knows Mikey, tries to understand him, celebrates his good times and feels his heartbreak at the bad times with him.
For someone who has been through so much so young, there is no hint of self pity in his story which is refreshing. Mikey shows that he has amazing strength of character, while those who are lucky enough to get very close to him, see the other side of him - years of pent up abuse and emotional neglect come pouring out to those who love him.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It would be an amazing book even if it was a purely fictional novel, but to know that this is all true makes it even more heart rendering.
This may be a cliche; but if you only read one book this year, please make it this one.