Length - 254 Pages
Star Rating - 5
As soon as I began reading this story, I thought of books by YA authors such as Morris Gleitzman or Paul Jennings - books that had a dark twist. Books you read when you were a kid that seemed like a fascinating tale, yet secretly taught you a valuable life lesson between the lines. To appreciate this story, you need to remember what it was like to be adolescent.
AD Hartley has successfully created a new YA tale of this style. I'm going to be honest, it's darkly quirky at times, yet satisfyingly humble.
Fourteen year old Carlo is the son of an ice cream factory owner. He doesn't see taking over the family business in his future as his father and grandfather before him, until a tragic turn of events. He has a great band of misfit friends, complete with their own loud personalities. He's thrown into a life of responsibility and never stops to question why he wouldn't take them along for the ride.
There's two major pieces of this story that make it memorable - the first I won't mention because it wouldn't be fair for me to reveal it, however for those who have read it, you will understand what I'm talking about. The second is the paranormal element. I found this to be quite clever. Here we have the story of a boy who really has no family left - apart from an adopted uncle and a group of teenagers - that really just needs his father.
What a way to keep this relationship alive.
All in all, this story is quite charming, enjoyable, and a little disturbing!
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