In three years I will be able to vote and I will still have less
power than I did at the moment that I saw that email, which was
such a tiny thing but look what happened. Fifteen-year-old Alena
never really knew her political activist mother, who died when she
was a baby. She has grown up with her older half-brother Danny and
his boyfriend Nick in the east end of London. Now the area is
threatened by a bomber who has been leaving explosive devices in
supermarkets. It is only a matter of time before a bomb goes off.
Against this increasingly fearful backdrop, Alena seeks to discover
more about her past, while Danny takes a job working for a
controversial politician. As her family life implodes, and the
threat to Londoners mounts, Alena starts getting into trouble. Then
she does something truly rebellious. A searing, heartbreaking
coming-of-age tale for fans of Lisa Williamson, Jenny Downham and
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A beautifully written character-driven story.
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 | Review by: Sue H
Troublemakers is a beautifully written character-driven story. The rich multi-layered characters come to life on the pages against a well-developed background. But the pacing is slow in places and unless you’re as invested in the characters as I was this may bother you.
Focusing on the effects of grief and secrets big enough to destroy. On family dynamics and friendships. And at the centre is fifteen-year-old Alena and her family consisting of her older brother Danny and his life partner Nick. I loved that the family unit is not a traditional one, but that aside from the secret (and secrets have a way of getting out!) works really well. In all other respects, Danny and Nick make really good parents and Alena is so lucky to have them.
After reading the story I have no idea why it is called troublemakers. It gives the impression of a mischievous gang causing havoc. But does it portray the story? No, it really doesn’t. It portrays another story, one related but distant. Lena’s story needs her own title.
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