“This is a bleak and moving book but with an injection of hope at the end: help is there if only you look to your friends.” BfK 5 STAR review
When his dad moves out, Jamie tries to fill his shoes feeling a need to become head of the household. With his mum dealing with the aftermath of toxic masculinity, and his little sister Bex struggling to understand what’s going on, Jamie has to navigate the choppy waters of what he thinks it means to be a man. Having learned that the best way to deal with feelings is to push them down as far as they’ll go, he finds help from an unlikely source. Drinking makes him feel invincible. Alcohol-fuelled Super Jim can take on anything – and anyone… But how long will it be before this particular well of wisdom runs dry? And what will it take for Jamie to realise that help was at hand all along?
Funny, touching, with a narrator readers will instantly love, Smashed is a rollercoaster exploration of young masculinity.