Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Book Review: Mind the Gap by Phil Earle

Title: Mind the Gap
Author: Phil Earle
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Publication Date: 5th January 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
When Mikey's dad died, something in Mikey died too. He loved his old man and he never stopped dreaming that one day his dad would land the role of a lifetime, prove them all wrong, and rock back up to the estate in the flashiest car anyone had ever seen. Now there's just numbness, and not caring, and really, really stupid decisions. He says the worst of it is that he can't even remember his dad's voice any more. Eventually Mikey's best mate can't bear it any more, and so he sets out to give Mikey the memories - and his dad's voice - back
My Thoughts
When Mind the Gap arrived in the post I was super excited to read this. Although I have not read anything by the author before, I had read the idea behind the story and couldn't wait to dive in. So on a long train journey to London, I took Mind the Gap for company.

Mind the Gap is a very short read, about 100 pages, but it manages to pack a lot of feelings into this book. I loved the friendship between Mikey and his best friend, the narrator. After the death of his Father Mikey is drowning in grief, he is numb to everything, and willingly winds up the local bully Trev in order to get beaten up to be able to feel anything, and his best friend goes along with him to make sure he is relativity safe and gets home in one piece.

As the story progresses we see the toll it's taking on Mikey and his friend, who then makes it his mission to find anything with Mikey's Dad on it so that Mikey has something with him. He asks street performers, and a talent agency before finding his answer in the most unlikely place.

Final Verdict
Mind the Gap was a great read, and definitely has me interested in reading more books from the author.

One thing that makes this book unique is how the publisher, Barrington Stoke Ltd, have made this reader friendly. The following information is partially taken from the back of the book itself.

The book is printed on heavy paper in two colours - black for the text and pale yellow for the background. This reduces the contrast between text and paper and hides the 'ghost' of the words printed on the other side of the page.

The book also uses a unique typeface that is dyslexia-friendly

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