TURF by John Lucas
Publish Date: August 2nd 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Genre: YA Action
Rating: 4 out of 5
Jay’s life seems pretty sorted: 15 years old and already a rising member of the notorious Blake Street Boyz gang, he takes his lessons from the street. With a knife in his pocket and his best friend Milk by his side, their days are spent fiercely defending their turf.
When Jay gets the chance to step up and become a senior of the Boyz, he faces the biggest decision of his life: he must stab and kill a classmate – and rival gang member – or face the consequences.
It doesn’t take long for Jay’s world to spiral out of control. As the line between right and wrong begins to fade, he finds no escape. Jay has to act, but at what and whose cost?
Set against the backdrop of London’s inner-city tower blocks, in a world where killing can be easier than choosing what chocolate bar to eat, Turf is a story of intense friendship and brutal gang violence, of loyalty at any cost – even to the price of your own soul.
[Just a mini-review today! Less than 200 words!]
From the first page I connected with the main character, Jaylon. He was a very likeable character, even funny at times. I just wanted to jump in between the pages, give him a hug and tell him it’ll be alright. I strongly believe that inside…he was good. Even though he did bad things, he was a good person.
Jaylon is in gang, and the gang leader has told Jaylon that he has to kill a boy from their rivals. Jaylon see’s the boy every day, seeing as they go to the same school. Most of the book is Jaylon trying to figure a way to get out of killing this boy.
Still have no idea who, or what, Leo was. He was the pastor guy, he was dead right?
I liked how the author wrote Jaylons dialect. Init, bruv, ect. I know that some readers get irritated by this but I think it adds more to the character. You can’t really have a gang member say stuff like, “Oh bother…this dear fellow is greatly vexing me. I wish him to begone.” Hmm.
Overall, I thought this book was really moving but probably wouldn’t read it again. Unless I borrowed it from a library.
There wasn’t any information on him at his GR page, but I did find this video so…enjoy!