This is a story about one of the many poor parts of Toronto. It is a story that teens will be able to relate to, especially those who seem to struggle because they live poor.
Scarborough is a low-income, culturally diverse neighbourhood east of Toronto. Like many inner-city communities, it suffers under the weight of poverty, drugs, crime, and urban blight.
This novel employs a multitude of voices to tell the story of a tight-knit neighborhood under fire, offering a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places. It is a neighborhood that refuses to be undone.
I love a story that has this much inspiration and strength. This story showcases a necessary shift from the singular voice novel to crate space for many voices to be heard, especially ones that are often forgotten, those of the poor.
The author lives in Scarborough and known firsthand some of the issues that young teens face. So, despite the fact that this book is a fictional piece, it is an accurate portrayal of a poor and crime ridden place.
Catherine Hernandez is a debut author. She writes so wonderfully and with raw honesty. She is a wonderful storyteller as well.