Book Review – Boy Swallows Universe

This one has taken me so long to read, over a month! I have no idea why, it’s not even THAT thick either. As I started reading this all I was thinking was “oh no… I don’t think I’m going to like this”. I kept reading on though, and I am SO glad I did!! Todays review is..

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

“A novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane’s violent working class suburban fringe – from one of Australia’s most exciting new writers.

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crime for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.

But if Eli’s life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He’s about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year.”

This isn’t really the sort of book I’d usually read, but I thought it sounded a little different and interesting. I started reading it and was really questioning my decision. I pushed on and it got a lot better. I was just struggling a little to get into it and understand it at the start.

It turned out to be a really excellent and quite clever read! Each chapter, as well as the title, is 3 words long. You understand why this is a little way into the book. I think this was a nice little addition.

This one was also SO Australian! The story is based in Brisbane, Queensland, after all. The slang and mention of Weetbix and various other things was funny to read as I understood it all and knew everything – some things I don’t think people from other countries would have heard of before!

Lots happened in this one, and it had great character development. I would recommend this, even though it is not a typical read for me. It has some absolutely fantastic ratings on Goodreads, and there’s definitely a reason for that. It is said that this story is based on the author’s real life.

The genres are fiction, contemporary and cultural (Australian).

About the Author
“Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won a Walkley, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media.”

I rate this one an 8/10!

Thank you for reading my review! Let me know if you’ve checked this one out! 😊

Chelsea x


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