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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Big Brother by Tracey Morait is the story of Ash and his mother Rhonda. Ash's life is not that of a normal child. His mother is an alcoholic and also into drugs. He faces many problems after his father moves to New York and his mother takes him and moves to Liverpool, away from his friends and grandmother. His problems don't end at home: in school he is also harassed by a gang of bullies because of his different accent and his hearing aid.
The author has handled the themes very boldly. I felt a bit disturbed while reading, which actually applauds the author's skill because that is what the author's intention. The character of Ash is well drawn. His helplessness, his problems in adjusting to the new milieu, and all the upheavals in his life happening at the same time runs through the book. I felt a lot of empathy towards Ash by the time I finished reading the story.
When you start feeling Big Brother is slowly taking a turn towards sympathy and helping, it takes a while for the reader to understand that the 'Big Brother' Ash has met is not so ethical and there are some bad motives behind his befriending Ash. Will Ash be able to break away from Big Brother?
The book is courageous and some readers will not find it an easy read. There is strong language used which might put off some readers.