What is Feral Youth About?
Written by Polly Courtney, Feral Youth is a book about a girl called Alesha who is 15 years old and has suddenly left school. She is thrown into a world of gangs, youth workers and a teacher who is very much like her.
Who are the main characters?
The main characters are Alesha who the story is based around, her best friend JJ, her other friend Ash and Miss Merryfield her teacher who gives her help and support.
What was good about the book?
I like the glossary at the beginning because it had slang words that my friends and I didn’t know and we could experiment with using.
The description of the riots was really vivid and it felt like I was there.
The interview after the riots and seeing the way the adults misunderstood Alesha’s motives and the other youth who were involved was eye opening.
Which character did you most identify with?
I identify most with Alesha because we are both trying to find ourself and we both have a close knit group of friends.
Who do you think would like this book?
I think people that like books based on real life that are in set in the UK would like Feral Youth. Also people who like Dawn O’Porters work. I think you should be 12 years plus to read it.
Would you recommend this book?
I would definitely recommend this book because you really get to see what it’s like for less fortunate youths. It has humour and it has a loud message about the fact that everyone has a breaking point. I think it’s about time we heard about the riots from a young persons perspective not just the news and that’s what this book does. I would give it 5 starts out of 5.
This book review by written by Leah aged 13, who attended Rocking Ur Teens conference and received a copy of Feral Youth in her goody bag.
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