The Review: Chickens is narrated by Tony, who mentors Jordan, a young boy struggling to survive the care system. The author uses a conversational style which is deceptively simple. The book starts slowly and builds layer upon layer until we are no longer sure who is more damaged; the person mentoring or the person being mentored. I cared deeply for both.
I’d predicted the outcomes early on; oh how wrong I was! In a remarkable display of clever writing, hinting at but never explicitly telling until the very end, I was bowled over by the closing pages, which pack a powerful punch.
The Verdict: A good book evolves into one of greatness as it progresses.
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