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Painfully real, disturbing, but also charming
on 23 July 2012
This slice of teenage gang life in 1960's New York is one of the best books I've read in a while. Basically comprising a series of vignettes detailing the character's existences as they make the journey from rowdy adolescents into adulthood, it's undoubtedly a brutal read, but one told with lashings of wit and good feeling. Yes, a lot of the behaviour on display is reprehensible, but Price (a writer I've never read before, although I have seen his episodes of `The Wire') does a fantastic job of making the characters relatable even as we only see snapshots of their world. This is the rare book which can be described as painfully real and disturbing, but also charming in its own way.