There was a stage when I didn’t think I would be able to read this, I found the first chapter a bit hard to really get into so I left it a while and came back to it.  I am so pleased that I did as this is an absolutely fantastic story that is written so well by John Boyne. 
This is a bit of a history lesson about what it was like in the 50’s growing up in Ireland, where a young girl getting pregnant and a boy who thought he was gay are just not what happened in that time. The girl got pushed out of her home and left to fend for herself in a strange town. Boys having feelings for their male friends was against the law and if you were not beaten to death then you were put in prison and then probably beaten up.
I never did history at school so I felt this was very informative and added to the enjoyment of reading it as I did not know what to expect. I think I will follow this up with some more history reading as I really enjoyed this so much. The settings of different countries just flow with the story and you end up really feeling the emotions of all the characters.
Once you start reading this wonderful story you will not be able to put it down so get it on your christmas list quick.  This book is number two of my best book reviewed this year, absolutely amazing!


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