This is the best memoir I have met of a difficult life growing up in care. Mainly because it is full of humour and life. By no means does it downplay the bad things that happened, the abuse, the disappointments, the things no kids should have to put up with. But all through there is a basic optimism and toughness and resilience, and you are keeping your fingers crossed for the author all the time, admiring him as well as being sorry for what is happening to him. He might get down and who can blame him, but you can't keep him down - or at least that is the message I get.
I think this book should be required reading for all social workers and all people who deal with children in care. It is a reminder that every child has feelings, but also every child has ways of coping and dealing with life. It is really well written but it hasn't had the dead hand of editors and accountants on it so it hasn't been channelled all in one direction (to fit on the Misery Memoir shelf) and therefore it is ultimately life enhancing to read it.
The only thing that threw me is that it ends more or less in the middle, with you realising he's going to have a lot more to deal with before we get to the stage when he was writing a book. I suppose he wanted to get it out quickly or something but my opinion is he could write the rest of it and then put them together in one book. Or rather have it in THREE books, part 1, part 2 and both parts so people can choose which one to buy.