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The aftermath of juvenile crime,
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This is a must read - but an uncomfortable book to read - very thought provoking. Boy A, as a child, committed the most horrific, chilling crime. Newly released from jail, with a new identity to give him a fresh start, and to keep him safe from public outrage and revenge, he has to learn how to live again.
How clever the author is to make us feel real sympathy for the offender. Despite the horror of his crime, we really want him to adapt better to the outside world and move on. So there is a real see-saw of emotions here - revulsion at the crime, an empathy for the awkwardness of the square peg in the round hole.
Extraordinary - 4.5 stars!