Title: Honeybee
Authors: Silvey, Craig
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 424
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Desperation brings fourteen-year-old Sam Watson to the wrong side of a safety rail of a motorway overpass, an act witnessed by Vic, an elderly widower dealing with his own despair. The unlikely bond that forms, and the friendship that develops allows both Vic and Sam to face up to their lives, especially Sam who has many challenges.

Compelling and thought-provoking, this Western Australian story exposes its vivid characters to petty crime, violence and drug taking through to gender conformity and mental health issues, all the while creating a poignant yet ultimately hopeful and satisfying coming-of-age story.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It's a good story, characters speak in believable dialogue and a lot happens."

"It's an intensely engaging story, and I didn't put it down until I had finished it."

"The story of Sam (later Victoria) ought to be depressing, yet it is not."

"There should be a language warning!"

"Both Sam and Vic are great characters, very real, raw, gritty and very believable. I found myself rooting for them and caring about them."

"There's an Aussieness about the book, which I liked."

"The book is sad but also tender and in places funny."

"It gives a warts-and-all look at the life this troubled boy led, and even his relationship with Vic is uncluttered by a coating of sugar."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Gender Issues, Grief/loss, Medical/Health, Relationships, Young narrator, Australia, 2022 Titles


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