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Breaking Young Divinities is a candid and spiritual coming-of-age tale about a boy who grows up in the housing projects of 1980s Toronto and comes to grips with young adulthood in the 1990s.

He lives a sheltered childhood until high school, where he meets Jen, a mysteriously troubled young woman. She introduces him to his first tastes of passion, adventure, and sex.

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ebook, 214 pages
Published March 27th 2013 by Rick Talbot
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Michelle
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for anyone who grew up in less than advantageous circumstances. It is a coming of age tale that is depicted in downtown Toronto housing projects beginning in the 80's. It is written from the perspective of a bright and intelligent but naive and somewhat introspective young boy who questions life and jumps feet first into some situations that are beyond his years. The author writes cleverly and poetically and at times is quite edgy as he takes the reader on adventures wit ...more
Juliejane
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Breaking Young Divinities’ begins like a sun-drenched summer morning…warm, inviting, beckoning you to come out and play. The young characters draw you into their adventures and, as you race between the buildings of the housing projects they call home, it is easy to overlook the moments when the darker side of reality is revealed. However, it is impossible to ignore such moments completely (they seem to scratch at your soul even if you wish they could be forgotten) and, as the main character eme ...more
Jennifer
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader, I find that I tend to gravitate towards certain authors because I like their style and/or main characters. Occasionally, I will veer from the norm and try something new. The first few pages determine whether I will walk away from the book or give it a fair shake. I had no issue with carrying on with Breaking Young Divinities. The main character's heart-breaking honesty had me wanting to know more. I felt as though I had been transported back in time to my own young adulthood a ...more
Lesley Fowler
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying the story flow up until Jen died, then the book took a different turn and didn't grab me the same. All in all it was a good read and made me grateful of my own teenage years. Amazing how much damage a few drugs can do to a person in a short space of time. Will definetely try another of this authors books.
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Rick Talbot was born in Toronto, Canada. He grew up in the Saint James Town public-housing project, the most densely populated neighborhood in Canada. It was a community of contrasts and simultaneous hope and hardship among twenty-five thousand isolated elderly, mentally ill, new immigrants, and blue-collar families who lived side-by-side in a .27 square kilometer city block.

He started writing sto
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