Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Review: 28 Boys by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

~Synopsis~

Underneath these gang tattoos beats a heart three times a year. I’m a slow puncture death, a murderer, a rapist, and a number. I killed my best friend. Death doesn’t stalk me, it walks ahead of me by twenty-eight paces.

I went home after I sold my soul to the devils. I thought life would begin, I was a free man, instead within days the bullets fly and my last hope dies with the slain. There is nothing left to live for in this world. I belong to the 28s, I’ll always belong to the 28s.

The woman across the road judges me, she hates me, and takes every opportunity to let me know it.

Yet, somehow, when grief etched our names down in the book of the dead, we dared be bold enough to find love.

I’m not a good man, and I’m not pretty. I come from the Cape Flats where my life was reduced to a prison cell number. In all this ugliness I found beauty, innocence, and forgiveness. I can’t forgive myself for the crimes I’ve committed, but I’ll die trying to earn hers.

In a world where nothing matters, she does.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

~My Review~

Where the hell do I start? This is about the 6th time I've attempted to write this review, & I'm still not sure I can do 28 Boys the justice it deserves.

Reading 28 Boys was an experience in itself. 28 Boys is raw, gritty & emotional world based on the Cape Flats of South Africa, a world where it can literally feel like you against the rest of the world. It's a place where love doesn't belong but where these 2 people were hopeful it could exist.

28 Boys has opened my eyes to a part of the world that I knew existed but never realised until now just how much those who live there have to go through day to day just to survive. Ashleigh has found a way to tell everyone about a scary but very real way of life for some & she's done it exceptionally well.

The range of emotions felt whilst reading 28 Boys was like nothing I've felt whilst reading any other book. l normally read my kindle books on my breaks at work but with 28 Boys I knew I couldn't, this was a book for reading at home only. I swear I could feel Ashleigh's hands around my heart, sometimes squeezing it, sometimes digging her nails in & slowly shredding it with each & every page!

28 Boys is like nothing I have read before. I promise I have NEVER come across a book like it before & I don't know if I ever will again. 28 Boys is not your regular romance story. It's a story full of love & hope in a world where there is no place for love. It's emotional, raw, honest & heartbreaking. It is a story that needs to be told & a story that needs to be read!

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