Review: Mind the Gap by Phil Earle

Title: Mind the Gap

Author: Phil Earle

Pages: 104 Pages

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

The Blurb

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 anymore, and so he sets out to give Mikey the memories – and his dad’s voice – back

The Review

I originally chose to read Mind the Gap by Phil Earle because I was confused. Yes, I am very dumb sometimes. I was looking for the Carnegie Award longlist and instead found the long long list, bought Mind the Gap and set about reading it.

Even though it is only a small book I finished it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down.

Imagine my disbelief when I realised that it hadn’t actually been shortlisted to the longlist. Sad times.

The story is about two best friends. One is suffering the unbearable loss of a parent and the other is trying to help him come to terms with it. It is a true testament to the power of friendship. A lovely, heart-warming read that speaks of real issues.

Well done Phil Earle.

Mind the Gap by Phil Earle is available now.

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4 Stars

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