Friday, 3 February 2017
Mind the Gap by Phil Earle
When Mikey's dad died, something in Mikey died too. He loved his old man and he never stopped dreaming that one day his dad would land the role of a lifetime, prove them all wrong, and rock back up to the estate in the flashiest car anyone had ever seen. Now there's just numbness, and not caring, and really, really stupid decisions. He says the worst of it is that he can't even remember his dad's voice any more. Eventually Mikey's best mate can't bear it any more, and so he sets out to give Mikey the memories - and his dad's voice - back
Mind the gap is a short read from Barrington Stoke. Barrington Stoke publish dyslexic friendly reads written by huge names in UKYA. I love that they are giving young adults who find reading difficult access to books which are written by these brilliant authors which are proper YA novels. I've heard no end of awful stories of teenagers who find reading difficult being given books for much younger children which is frankly just patronising and is going to turn reluctant reading completely off reading fast.
I've been a huge fan of Phil's work since I read his debut back in 2011. He writes YA wonderfully. It's realistic, thoughtful and full of heart and this wonderful little book is no exception. Mind the Gap is the story of the friendship between Mikey and his best friend. Mikey recently lost his father and is trying to deal with all those emotions without any real idea of how to do it. The story captures the raw emotions Mikey is feeling but cannot voice and the friendship between the two boys is really touching.
First class UKYA which is thoughtful and poignant. I enjoyed it immensely.