|Submitted by Alex Bailey |
(Sep 02, 2011)
This book is a gripping read and a good introduction to homelessness for young teenagers. You need to be streetwise, checking every corner, every side street, because someone might be looking for you. In this book, it has said things that have changed my opinion of homeless children, now I know what they go through on a daily basis, I feel sorry for them.
There are two narrators in this book, Link and a sick minded murderer, Shelter. Link is a helpless homeless boy who has left home because he felt he was being bullied out by his motherís boyfriend Vince, he leaves home and heads for London, in search of work, money and a better life, fortunately he meets Ginger, an experienced dosser to guide him on his way. The other character, Shelter, is an ex-army sergeant who feels it is his duty to rid the streets of Ďdossersí. He forms his army of dossers in his own London flat.
One strength in this book is the emotional highs when you really feel as though you are connected to Link. Another strength is when the book switches from Link to Shelter, I went from feeling sorry for Link to being angry. The main weakness in this book is the ending, a big build up to an action scene, then the most dull ending ever. Fast paced action to nothing, I was so disappointed.
To me the theme that stands out the most is the loneliness shared between Link and his fellow dossers. The way Link describes walking down the street and seeing all the homeless people made me feel sorry for them and makes me wonder how they survive being that lonely with no friends or family to love, not even a single person to talk to.
To conclude, I feel this book has achieved its purpose because I think it is designed for the entertainment of teenagers and it is also designed to make young teenagers realize that not all homeless people will attack them for pennies and they donít all spend it on drugs and drink. Some of them are there because they simply canít stay at home due to being abused or emotionally hurt. Overall this book is interesting to read and I would recommend it to anyone.