This is a physically a small book, but one that deals with some dark issues in a big story of suffering, love, betrayal and loyalty.
Our narrator Jack, tells the story of Joseph, his new foster brother who has experienced more hate in his 14 years of life than most people. Simply, sparsely and through the eyes of a child, the reader learns of Joseph's suffering (though the exact details are never revealed); his abuse at the hands of his father and abuse at the hands of many in a system that is meant to protect vulnerable children.
What sets Joseph apart is that he is the father of a child - Jupiter - who he is desperate to love and protect and hold. However, it is the world of adults, that conspires to keep the teenage father and his daughter apart. Enter Jack and a mad scheme to get Jupiter and Joseph back together again.
Heartbreaking, funny and questioning, this little novel raises some real questions on how 'the system' treats vulnerable children, and how perhaps the adults in this world need a bit more empathy and love to understand the heavy hearts and scarred souls of damaged teens.
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