Violet’s mum has been having a few glasses of wine in the evening for a while now, ever since her stepdad left. Which has turned into a few bottles. She’s desperate for her mum to stop, but each time her mum makes a promise she doesn’t keep it.
Soon, school and looking after her little brother becomes too much for Violet and she feels she can’t cope any more. But the only thing worse than keeping it to herself, is telling other people.
Eve Ainsworth has written an emotional, honest story which displays what it might like to be a young carer, particularly in a hone where there is substance abuse.
This is something that a number of children will sadly have to cope with in their own lives; writing about it reflects them within a story and shows that they’re not alone, whilst educating others to build empathy.
Violet has many struggles to deal with throughout the book, which Eve does so tactfully yet still showing how raw and real the circumstances can be. Her grandparents and brother show how important a support system and family can be, and I really liked the relationship she had with them.
Alongside this, her best friend Ness shows real compassion for Violet. I thought their friendship was a real highlight of the book; as a child you can sometimes wonder what you can do for another who is struggling. Ness’ character demonstrates the small ways you can show you care.
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