Sugar Pants


Fiction - General
270 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2015
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Growing up in the 1940s in England, homosexuality is a criminal offense. Mungo, having to deal with the fact of an unusual name, grows and struggles with himself as you witness his journey as a choir boy. Meriel Brooke is a skilled writer, delivering the story through the eyes of the age level depicted. Small, cautious descriptions were used when the character was five, and then the explanations and musings grew more complex as Mungo himself grew up and was able to think more clearly about himself and his life. Sugar Pants, like some of the best historical fictions, is about a difficult time or issue in history. It was most certainly difficult for me to read about the types of abuse that were inflicted on Mungo and others in the story. From physical and mental abuse of children to seemingly homophobic violence in later passages, there are a lot of poignant and important issues to consider

While not necessarily a "feel good" book, Sugar Pants is substantial and a "meaty" read that makes you feel you've read something important when you're finished. Some books make you feel like you've wasted time, or just escaped for an afternoon. Sugar Pants makes you feel like you've just experienced something, something you are going to think about long after you've turned the last page. Meriel Brooke presents ideas and concepts in thoughtful and determined ways that make you question rather than accept. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sugar Pants, and am hopeful that I will get to read more from this author in the future.

Meriel Brooke

"Sweet Mungo makes you feel like you've just experienced something, something you are going to think about long after you've turned the last page. Meriel Brooke presents ideas and concepts in thoughtful and determined ways that make you question rather than accept. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sweet Mungo, and am hopeful that I will get to read more from this author in the future." Katelyn Hensel for Readers Favorite.

“This is a book that I would expect to find put out by a conventional publisher - my only conclusion as to why this has not been picked up would be that they might consider the subject matter might not stand out enough, it would certainly not be due to the quality of the writing. A book of professional quality from the beginning.” H M Reynolds (GR)

“The descriptions and the dialogue flow like fine wine.” John Blackport

“THIS LADY IS ONE HELLUVA WRITER!!!” TruthBTold

“The writing was fantastic, elegant, sophisticated...OK, I lack the right words, but the story was incredibly well written.” Princila M (GR)

“I would highly recommend this book.” Gloria Ng (GR)

“Sweet Mungo is one of those stories that grabs you from the opening pages simply by virtue of the writing, which is assured, poetic, and elegant in its understatement. As the story progresses, you are introduced to a truly compelling cast of characters and a story that just won't let go. Highly recommended.” KT McColl

“An excellent if challenging read.” Tony Stewart (GR)

“This is a very well written book. It grabs you from the very beginning.” Shirley McLain

“Great read, intense and moving, with a story that is beautifully paced and beautifully written. Five stars from me!” Giles O'Bryen

“Mungo is confused about his sexuality in a time when questioning ones sexuality was not socially accepted and he doesn’t have many people to turn to for guidance. This is a well-written novel that deals with difficult subject matter in a respectful way.” TBM