One Step by Andrew Daddo
Synopsis: 'Dylan is struggling.
He's struggling with the acne that has declared war on his face, struggling with his pushy younger sister, with his nagging mum and his dad who never has time for him anymore, struggling with his old phone-me-down, and struggling with his constant preoccupation with girls, and what might happen if he manages to snag one.
Struggling, but surviving. But when Dylan's creative writing piece is read out in class, it sets off a chain of events that sends him on a frantic roller coaster of emotions culminating in a revelation that could make or break his survival.'
I wanted to read this book based on previous books written by Andrew Daddo. They were funny, light entertainment, a break from everyday life. This was not one of those books.
This was a great read, but certainly not without depth and meaning. The main character, Dylan, finds himself in some awkward situations and in some YA novels these situations are usually quite lighthearted. Not so here. Dylan internalises everything and you cannot help but feel for him.
I think this is the perfect story to help develop empathy and to help readers look at their actions and how they might affect the people around them. What one person sees as funny, light hearted teasing, another person may not.
Readers in the same situation as Dylan are given a chance to see they are not alone. Many young adults quite often feel the same as Dylan. If you are going through a tough situation and are finding it hard to talk to your family or close friends, you can find help elsewhere. Reach out and ask for help.
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