Release Date: 06/04/12
Young Punks is an oral history novel that takes you back to the scariest day of your life – your first day at secondary school, and secondary schools don’t come any scarier than Feltham Comprehensive, West London. Rough, tough and brutal - if you stole a peek at the graffiti in the bogs you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the bowels of hell. It really is a case of - we can laugh about it now but at the time it was terrible. Young Punks is a universal timeless tale of adolescence, with our story kicking off in the mid seventies, and a sleeping Britain is about to be jolted awake by the punk rock explosion. But the three 11 year old protagonists of Young Punks are about to experience something even more seismic – puberty. We get spots and our voices break and whether you like it or everything has to change.
Young Punks brings you the fun, the scrapes and the anarchy of adolescence, packed with heartbreak and anguish, sibling rivalry and parental conflict. Mixing it altogether to give you an authentic picture of what it was like to try and grow up in the seventies, and what happens after you leave school and get spat out into the big bad world.
To be honest this book was something a little unusual for me and to be blunt wasn’t a title I was looking forward to as it was out of my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong that’s not necessarily a bad thing but when its something that I’m unfamiliar with, it tends to be left on my TBR pile for quite some time.
What this book from Paolo invokes within the reader is a story that will reach within them emotionally taking them back to a familiar time in their own past and telling a story from various points of view to give you a bigger picture. Its quirky, it is something novel and to be honest was a book that I thought was OK as it gave me something a little different to think through. Whilst I’m not in a hurry to reread another of these books for quite some time it is something that I’ll remember for some time to come.