Nate is sixteen and in a really tough position. His dad is abusive, particularly towards his mother. His family is struggling, his dad grows weed at home and he can’t see a way out. He gets some respite at the local youth centre, and escapes into his words in his ever-present notebook.
I seem to be in a patch of reading a lot of gritty Australian YA novels about teenage boys who are trying to get out of bad situations, and while they are all good (the ones I’ve been reading at least) it can be a bit much to be reading such similar, desolate content over and over again. Especially during a pandemic. This is definitely a good one, it’s bleak and difficult, but with a ray of hope. And a fantastic cover.