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No doubt the subject matter of this book is quite disturbing, I found some of it difficult to read but yet I kept turning the page. I found myself rooting for the main character - Nick and cursing the author for subjecting this poor bloke to such misery. I kept waiting for this kid to finally ...more
"It was with a sense of horror that Nick understood that the old man before him had been carrying on with the same tricks ever since. Twenty years? Can it really have been so long? And how many years before that? And how many...more
Okay, this is a book about a kid who gets kic ...more
This book is quite possibly the best YA book I've ever read...and one of the best books I've read period.
WARNING: This book is not meant for younger readers. It is incredibly raw and mature for a YA book. (17+ rating)
This book is about a 14 year old boy named Nicholas Dane. He lives in Manchestor, England in 1984. His mother dies of a heroin overdose, and he is sent to live at Meadow Hill, a children's home run by Mr. Toms, an evil man who whips the kids that get in trouble.
Nick ha ...more
but, seriously, this book is rife w/sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, drug abuse...basically every kind of abuse humans have invented to torture themselves & others with, from time in memorium, made it into this book. it was harsh, it was terrifying, but it was worth reading for absolute sure.
i liked it; i think it's important that people write books like nicholas dane. however, it would never be something i'd recommend ...more
During th ...more
The copy I read had no suggestion of a modern Oliver Twist tale, so I read quite a way through before seeing the likeness. But boy, is his setting and charact ...more
Mini-review originally posted on Nightjar's Jar of Books.
Nick Dane has a relatively ordinary life: He finds school boring, but gets decent grades, he has a good - if sometimes annoying - mother, and some really great friends. Then one day, he comes home to find that his mother has overdosed on heroin and died, leaving him with no immediate family to rely on, and in a mess with Social Services. He's eventually shipped off to a place called Meadow Hill - a Boys' Home with a stellar reputation - bu...more
The book is about Nicholas Dane, a 14 year old that after his mother’s sudden death caused by a heroin overdose, is sent to a Children’s Home that turns out being his worst possible nightmare. Nick went from a stable, enjoyable life, surrounded by love to a life of violence, abuse and suffering. All these struggles came when he most needed ...more
This is a totally Dickensian novel, almost to the point where I wanted to Cliffs Notes the plots of Oliver Twist or David Copperfield to see if it was in ...more
Subject: A rather horrifying look at boys homes in 1980s Britain.
Synopsis: After Nicholas Dane’s mother dies unexpectedly from a drug overdose he is put into a boys’ home, where violence is used to keep order. After countless fights and what happens to him at the hands of the deputy-principle he goes on the run.
My Thoughts: This story was very sad, the topic being about how certain people in society abuse their positions ...more
What first attracted me to the book was the cover, and then the description inside that said it was "Dickensian" and loosely based on Oliver Twist. I was excited, so I bought it thinking I would put it in my classroom library after I read it. I will not be d ...more
I seriously can't say I enjoyed reading this book or even say "it was a good book;" without feeling sick to my stomach. The horrible things that were done to this kid (Nick) and others like him is disgusting. How people like Tony can take advantage of kids like Nick, Oliver, even Jones and think it's okay. The one part that nearly brought tears to my eyes was when Oliver got caught and begged Nick to not leave him. I desperately needed Oliver to make it out. And not kno ...more
To begin let me applaud Melvin Burgess for addressing such a crucial topic regarding child abuse and molestation. I found this novel painfully realistic and disturbing at times,so much so i had to put it down and count to 20 before I continued reading some passages. I'm finding it very hard to review this novel it think i have a sort of love/hate relationship with it(yes I have relationships with my novels.... Don't judge me).
I'm glad this book was set in 1984, because having worked in places similar to this myself I kno ...more
3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable.
Nicholas Dane is fourteen years old when his mother dies unexpectedly, leaving no one to care for him. It is only after months of searching that anyone is able to find a relative willing to help but, by then, it is too late. Though a friend of Nicholas’s mother tries to take him in and care for him, the Social Services will not allow it, and Nick is shuttled off to a home for boy – in other words, Hell. Nicholas must endure endless cruelt ...more