The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham – Book Review

Cabramatta in the nineties. Sonny and Vince grew up next door, but as teenagers theirs lives are quite different. Vince is just out of youth detention, hangs with a rough crowd who are into intimidation, crime and partying, but Sonny is a good girl, trying to find where she fits in her world. But perhaps their lives aren’t as far apart as appears.

I loved this, despite all the challenges. Neither Sonny nor Vince have easy lives or families, and the fact that they can hang onto their connection despite how different their worlds are is heartwarming. This book is Pham’s first, and I believe she is very young writer. I look forward to more wonder writing from her.