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Funny, moving, real, confusing...a lot like life itself!
on 22 April 2001
I found Aidan Chambers by chance, but I am SO glad I did! I first read 'Breaktime' when I was 16 (now 20) and yet I keep coming back to it over and over, it never gets dull. His portrayal of what it is like to be a teenager is so very accurate and incredibly moving. This is the story of literature-loving Ditto and his cynical friend Morgan; and of the summer in which Ditto sets out to prove that literature can be important and life-changing. We are presented with Ditto's summer diary, the amazing journey, both real and metaphorical, that he goes on. In cluding hilarious episodes with some would-be burglars, the moving storyline about his relationship with his father, and his first sexual encounter, described so beautifully...in three different ways!! That's what's so great about Aidan Chambers's writing - he constantly finds new and wonderful ways to say things.