This novel is 24 years old now so hardly new, however, it has been reprinted several times over the years which shows how popular it has been. It’s a ‘coming out’ story about a young man and is set in Blackrock in Dublin. Although we now live in a very changed world to 1993, there are core elements contained in the story that carry an ageless message.
Ten reasons why I liked this novel:
1. It is extremely well written and fast paced.
2. Neil, the central character is both believable and likeable.
3. It captures the era of the early nineties extremely well.
4. There are many twists and turns in the plot that work well.
5. There is an innocence to the story that is emotive without being overly sentimental.
6. It contains lots of Irish wit and humour.
7. It shows how even subtle homophobia can sometimes upset greatly and dent self-confidence.
8. Neil shows bravery and great strength of character.
9. I liked how Neil felt a closeness to Jesus (he needed it at times).
10. It has a lovely feel-good ending.
© Declan Henry