Lottery Boy Review
Lottery Boy is not like any other book I’ve read before, it is not my preferred genre, yet I read some reviews on Good Reads of it and everyone had described it as fast paced, gripping and with interesting characters. After reading these comments, I was very excited to read it.
I will just give you a quick summary of the plot which I found from GoodReads
“A fast-moving and gripping thriller with a powerful emotional engagement; this is a young boy’s story of loss and unbearable hope as he survives on London’s streets.
Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, this contemporary adventure story set on the streets of London follows a boy whose luck is about to change. Since his mother's death, Bully has lost his old life. Living rough with his dog, Jack, he can’t imagine his future. But one day, in the last birthday card she ever gave him, he finds a winning lottery ticket, a last gift from his mum that suddenly offers such hope. If only he can get to his prize on time. Life is not that simple. Bully’s struggle to survive has just got a whole lot harder. They’re after him on the streets; everyone wants a piece of him. And even if he does claim all that money, will he really be winning what he needs the most?”
Hopefully this summary entices you to purchase and read the book, because
I also feel it is a book that many ages would enjoy, from 13 to perhaps 17 as the book really draws you in and you want to find out what happens.
I imagined this book to be quite moving, and perhaps a tear jerker, as the summary suggests. Whilst it is moving, it is also quite funny and I enjoyed the humour in certain chapters, and I felt that it really added to the premise of the book.
I loved Bully’s relationship with his dog Jack and it reminded me how much of an impact animals can have on our lives sometimes. Bully will leave you wondering sometimes if he is going to manage to get himself out of trouble.
I found myself reading this very quickly as I wanted to know what happened was on the edge of my seat half the time!
It’s incredibly tense because there is other mean character who tries to get their hands on the lottery ticket too, such as a mean thug called Janks who is out to get Bully too.
I think that Michael doesn’t hide the details away at the beginning of book with Bully being homeless; it is dealt with good knowledge and care.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS DESCRIPTION OF VIOLENCE HOWEVER THIS IS NOT VERY GRAPHIC.YOUNGER READERS MAY FIND SOME SCENES DISTRESSING
This book is out on 7th May 2015 and is being published by Walker Books.