Top positive review
One of the best books from one of the greatest writers of our times.
on 9 July 2015
One of Great Britain's finest writers gives us this excellent, interesting and touching story of a group of Scottish friends; from their youth to adulthood.
The four main characters each have their own distinctive personalities and the interactions between them are realistic, complicated and often very moving. Welsh manages to capture perfectly their individual personalities from the start and develop them as they grow through the novel (from the unbridled confidence of a child, to the introspective, rollercoaster emotions of a teenager, and finally the complex doubts and worries of their adult selves). You really feel you get to know these characters as people, they seem so real - I genuinely feel if I ever visited Leith, I could walk into a bar and be hit on by Juice Terry Lawson or could get into a club to see DJ Carl Ensign Ewart play. There are also cameos from some of Welsh's other well known characters, sometimes just mentions (Lexo, Begbie, Spud, Sick Boy et al).
The title of Glue obviously refers to the cheap high that teenagers can get from huffing it but it also refers to the bond that holds this group together- it can be broken but re-mended; the cracks may still show but they just tell the story.