Monday, 11 May 2015

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

I usually enjoy anything by Malorie Blackman. She’s a writer I admire a lot. Her writing is very readable. I’m 100% with her on her diversity agenda. There should be more representation of the diverse elements of the society in which we live yet those parts should not just be represented as issues.      
Boys Don’t Cry delivers in both these ways.  This is yet another well written book by Blackman. We care for the characters who are rounded and believable. The story keeps on giving. There is pace a plenty.
And we have diversity. Dante is a black single father. His brother Adam is gay. Blackman gives us both boys’ stories. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler if I say that we find that, actually, boys do cry.
There is story and not just an issue. An ex-girlfriend arrives with a baby. Dante’s baby. He agrees to look after it. But she doesn’t come back. Adam makes a fantastic uncle but he has problems of his own and can’t always help.
A really good read!