There's unrequited love, lust (lots of it), bad romantic poetry, too many essays, and plenty of crisps.
But the seventeen-year-old boy in this story has something extra to contend with.
His older brother has learning difficulties and is languishing in a care home.
Listening to his heart rather than his head, the boy knows he must get his brother, nicknamed Simple, out.
But as their father is entirely preoccupied with his new wife, it's up to the boy to liberate Simple, and that means finding somewhere for them to live in the city.
Funny, thought-provoking and clever, this French bestseller won the Prix SNCF du Livre de Jeunesse and was dramatised for French television; in Germany it won the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/08/2012
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781408814710