From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.
Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.
Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.
Review by Maha
Though the title already foreshadows Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan manage to keep us up at night reading till the end of the beautifully written verse.
When Jess’s friends ditch her while they shoplift, Jess ends up having to do community service for getting caught. During her service, and at her school, she meets someone new unexpected- Nicu, the “Gypsy Boy” and newcomer from Romania, who’s struggle in everyday life is just as bad at hers. Through there differences they begin to bond, and until Jess finds out that he is to be married off to a girl in Romania, things seem to be fine.
Through the dramatic descriptions that make you fall in love with the characters, you will learn about the struggles in our modern society. From bullying to abuse, the two authors shed light on areas that are sensitive, but manage to get through them clearly, filling you with empathy. An absolute must read for verse and poetry lovers.
The real question is,
Was the ending happy or sad?
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