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Boys Don't Cry Reviews

Boys Don't Cry by Fiona Scarlett

Boys Don't Cry: 'I can't remember ever reading something so moving.' Marian Keyes

Fiona Scarlett

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1 review

Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 22 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780571366071

But whether it's daytrips to the beach or drawing secret sketches, Joe works hard to show Finn life beyond the battered concrete yard below their flat. Joe is determined not to become like his Da.

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Moss
25 Apr 2021

"Fiona Scarlett’s novel of two young brothers trying to get by is moving but never mawkish"

Unlike Shuggie Bain, a superficially similar novel about growing up in hard times and hard places, the people in Boys Don’t Cry are not monstrous, broken or precocious but quietly doing the best they can in circumstances where “good” choices are few and come at painful cost. For my money, this is the better book: the voices are strongly realised, finely balanced between sadness and humour; the gritty setting is presented with affection and the story is moving and compelling but never mawkish.

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