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Boys Don't CryBoys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Danté is waiting for the postman to deliver his much-aniticpated exam results. Next stop, Uni and a career as a journalist. When the doorbell rings he is unaware that his life is about to change, in so many ways, forever.

Standing on the doorstep is a girl he had a one night stand with nearly 2 years ago – and she’s carrying a baby. Melanie has had enough. She doesn’t want to be responsible for baby Emma anymore. It’s Danté’s turn to be the parent. Of course, this throws all his plans into disarray. To Danté, Emma is a huge hassle and one he is keen to try to fob off onto his father and Adam, his brother. They have problems of their own. His dad has a son who didn’t practice birth control, and Dad is suddenly a grandad. Adam is gay, and trying hard to live a “normal” life – one that involves him not getting smashed up every weekend. The book follows Danté’s journey as a new parent – his highs and lows, the frustrations at having his social life curtailed and his growing love for Emma. It also shows the journey of his father and brother as they come to terms with life with a granddaughter and niece. All of them discover things about themselves and each other that bring them closer together than they had ever thought possible.

This is a realistic, sympathetic and well-written novel that is full of struggle and, ultimately, hope.

Recommended for ages 14 and up

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