"An emotional read that is sure to tug at your heart..."
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted March 21, 2019
Young Adult | Young Adult Historical
ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST by
Sarah Carlson is a captivating contemporary young adult novel that
shows no matter the religion, political inclinations, or background we
are all the same. Does that really make us different enough to go
against each other?
A story of mixed ideas, beliefs, and past secrets that are sure to
destroy the chance for a future full of peace and happiness. ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST shares
the fears and toll that is the side effect of conflict. Carlson weaves the
characters and their backstories with the social implications of their
origins. It all comes down to the side of the wall you grew up and the
fall out of the actions your family has taken.
ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST is an
emotional read that is sure to tug at your heart and really open your
eyes to how your family and where you grow up effects who you
become. Can two people change how they feel about what they have
been told repeatedly growing up and flee to a safer place? A place
where backgrounds do not determine who you are.
Carlson has written a story that is heavily character driven and family
plays an important role. As Fiona and Danny's friendship starts to
become more can they overcome their past? Will their past destroy
their relationship? A forbidden love that puts both of their lives at risk.
ALL THE WALLS OF BELFAST is
sure to draw you into a world that is unlike any other. A world that is
shockingly different than what most people know. This captivating read
is sure to hold your attention until the end and stay with you long after.
The Carnival at Bray meets West Side Story in
Sarah Carlsonâ€™s powerful YA debut; set in post-conflict
Belfast (Northern Ireland), alternating between two
teenagers, both trying to understand their past and preserve
their future. Seventeen-year-olds, Fiona and Danny must
choose between their dreams and the people they aspire to be.
Fiona and Danny were born in the same hospital. Fionaâ€™s mom
fled with her to the United States when she was two, but,
fourteen years after the Troubles ended, a forty-foot-tall
peace wall still separates her dadâ€™s Catholic neighborhood
from Dannyâ€™s Protestant neighborhood.
After chance brings Fiona and Danny together, their love of
the band Fading Stars, big dreams, and desire to run away
from their families unites them. Danny and Fiona must help
one another overcome the burden of their parentsâ€™ pasts. But
one ugly truth might shatter what they haveâ€¦.
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