The Outside Circle (37)

This is a graphic novel with serious overtones and themes. It is a book that will be enjoyed by readers who have to face a lot of harsh realities with drug use and addiction. It is a book that is fitting for our time in many ways.

Pete, a young Aboriginal man is wrapped in gang violence. He lives with his younger brother Joey, and his mother is unfortunately a heroin addict.

One night, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis get into a big fight. This sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail.

Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey. This encourages him  to begin a long and hard process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

This book is powerful, courageous, and deeply moving. It is drawn from the author’s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated aboriginal men.

This is a book that should be read by young adults and adults, especially those who have addictions in their family.

I love redemption stories, and stories which show that it is possible for all of us to get to a better place that we are at now. It is possible to be free from addictions, even if we have been addicted for a while.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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