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Book Title: Freedom Ride|
The author of the book: Sue Lawson
Date of issue: July 1st 2015
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 947 KB
Edition: Black Dog Books
Read full description of the books Freedom Ride:Despite being suffocatingly boring, I swallowed this book in one gulp. The writing was wonderfully easy to get through...it just rooooolled past my eyes. It definitely gives off the lazy, sweaty, summer vibe, which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately that's the only thing I enjoyed. Because the book was 87% about what school-holiday-job Robbie was after, and 'scuse me, but reading page after page of him mowing the lawn and cleaning toilets is boring. YEAH, I SAID IT. I feel like this book deals with heavy topics (extreme racism in the '60s) but that was a side dish. Robbie's adventures in mowing was not enough to keep me interested.
Plus, okay this is shallow of me, but the first sentence is:
Sunlight reflected off house windows into my eyes and sweat pooled on the top of my undie elastic.
I don't even know, peoples...but what 16-year-old dude talks about his undie elastic?! LIKE SOME THINGS WE DON'T TALK ABOUT, MATE.
All the characters were insufferable. Robbie was like a small, damp dishcloth. He did all his work, was absolutely verbally abused by his nan, and totally used as slave labour, and just plopped through life like a limpet. I felt bad for him. His nan was AWFUL. She full on took back his Christmas present because a bird broke her favourite statue. She wanted him to do slave-labour for free for her horrible old friends instead of getting a paying job. She was always snapping at him. She was SO RUDE and then raged at him if he even dared speak ('cause it was probably disrespectful). I DON'T BLAME THE KID FOR BEING A LIMPET. But it doesn't make Robbie any more interesting to read about.
But it was an interesting and educational look into the '60s in Australia. Once I got passed drowning in all the Aussie slang. It was a little...much? But then I did not live in the 1960s so what would I know? It's always confronting and sad to read a book about racism. People can be so sick and stupid and just downright BAD. They are like rotten little clams with rotten little hearts. (Idek what's going on with the seafood comparisons. Roll with it, folks.) There are dark secrets and a spot of murder. There are protests and prisons. There are copious amounts of tea.
Definitely an interesting read and a breeze to get through, although, I confess I'm ready for a nap now. I like protagonists who have a bit of a spark. But, failing that, I like protagonists who do something. This book is basically about existing and that is so not fascinating. Especially Robbie's life of mowing and painting toilets and reading Biggles. Nunngh.
Read information about the authorSue Lawson is an award winning young adult and junior fiction author, with a passion for
young people, writing and reading. Her books are recognized for the sensitive way they
explore the exciting and heartbreaking complexities of adolescence.
A former teacher, Sue has also worked for both ABC and commercial stations and currently
works part time for Geelong's BAY FM.
Her book Pan’s Whisper was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards,
Young Adult Fiction, won the 2012 Australian Family Therapist Award, Children’s Literature
and was shortlisted for other awards.
Her latest young adult novel, based on real events, is Freedom Ride.
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