Pictures of Lily by Matthew Yorke

Read for Whichbook.

The voice of seventeen year old Lily, telling this story, is realistic and engaging.  She’s experimented with various drugs, has been in and out of mental hospital, and now she’s decided to try to find her biological parents and discover why she was given up for adoption.  I found myself moved, following her hopes and fears, hearing the underlying dub reggae beat that she senses behind everything.  It is at times a dark, painful story, and it may grate with some as it tries very hard to be cool, but the suspense and unravelling of Lily’s life, as well as her realistic characterisation, made it a compelling read.

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