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I read this book as an adult and compulsorily, even though I would say it would be a great piece of reading for a teenager. He is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for young adults, including Refugee Boy and the upcoming Gangsta Rap.

This would be an excellent prompt for discussion about prejudices regarding appearance and our reaction to those less fortunate than ourselves. It perfectly executes a change in character for Martin, who you go from having a distaste to, to supporting every step of his lifechanging journey. Written in very simple language, Zephaniah brings the streets to life - I especially like the scene where Natalie misinterprets the three girls' smiles and gets ready for a fight, only to be asked if she likes clubbing. I really like his writing style; he’s able to cover such complicated topics such as peer pressure, drugs, youth crime, racism, young relationships, preconceptions and a whole host of others, without it getting too heavy or bogged down. There’s a lot of feeling going on in this short read and he’s able to include positive messages at the end that everyone can relate and take notice from.Brilliantly written with a real ear for dialogue, this is Benjamin Zepaniah breaking new boundaries.

Fortunately, the burden helped Martin find his voice of reason and uncovered who his loyal and faithful friends really were. It’s just a little too shaky in places, and whilst there aren’t any overt mistakes in terms of grammar and punctuation, I did occasionally find myself being jerked out of the story when somebody behaved strangely or said something unusual. Even once I’d been absorbed into the story line, I didn’t enjoy it much, although I did appreciate that the large print made it easy for me to power through it. It was both believable and sad when Martin's girlfriend no longer wanted anything to do with him and instead hooked up with some other guy, and the scene when he confronted her nearly brought tears to my eyes.I like that the author didn't shy away from anything, and it was an honest portrayal of what burn victims have to go through.

Through this trial he discovers who his true friends are, the difference between love and lust, and what it really means to be beautiful. He has to come to terms with his new appearance, his parents' reaction to his injuries, and then his friends and the rest of the school. Benjamin Zephaniah is a British performance poet who travels on literary world tours for the British Council.The book however did tell more than show the reader the events which made the book a bit less enjoyable. When he finds out that his girlfriend and bestfriends had moved on, he realises that for some people life isn't always easy. I just read it, then at the end, when I found out it was Benjamin Z and he was only 'up the road' in Birmingham, I loved it more. I read this book ages ago but I remember that it scarred me for life (but in a good way) and made me appreciate things more. I've always enjoyed and looked out for Benjamin Zephaniah's poetry so I knew I had to read his books too!



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