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Taste the Bright Lights Paperback – 1 Feb 2008
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A hard-hitting novel following two months in the life of 14 year old Lisa as she runs away from home and learns to survive on the streets. Second edition published November 2010.See all Product description
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A good read 'just because ' but I would love this to be read by all those who work with young people in schools, social care, police etc plus parents and teenagers.
I'm really keen to read a sequel but equally nervous because I can see where this is heading for Lisa. But I'm rooting for her all the same and hope the rare and momentary experiences of genuine understanding and compassion she is shown take hold somewhere inside.
Within a couple of pages I was brought right back in the craigavon I grew up
in also back to the teenage confusion I thought I had forgot.
The language the imagery and the characters were
If someone doesn`t make a screenplay/film of this there is
something wrong as thats what it reads like.
It is a work of complete honesty and authenticity.
Laura Canning has managed to get into the head of a problem teenage girl and brings you with her in sympathy and a complete understanding of why someone would make the seemingly crazy choices she makes, you are left understanding how a child could end up going from a bad A to a horrendis B and the worrying thing is that it seems to the child a logical and correct route.
This amazing work should be on school sylabus as a warning to children and teachers alike.
and by the way it is also not without humour despite the subject matter
Amazing work is there a follow up?
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