townJames Roy’s Town revolves around 13 loosely connected stories of young people who all live in the same unnamed Australian town. The stories themselves are rather good, reflecting different aspects of young people’s experience – from battling untrue perceptions of yourself, to racism, disappointment, death and pondering your future.

Roy shows an excellent sense of voice, as each chapter, usually narrated in the first person, clearly has a unique perspective and character.

This is an engaging read, although perhaps more connections between the stories would allow Roy to challenge the stereotypes and out teenagers and small minded communities further.


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