I come from the same area as the author of this book, Craigavon in Northern Ireland, UK. I was therefore interested to read it, as I now live away from home on the UK mainland. I found this book pretty easily by searching Amazon and had no problems in purchasing it as the reviews on the Amazon website were all fantastic. After reading the first three pages of this novel, I was hooked; the novel tells the unfortunate trails and tribulations of a 14 year old girl (Lisa) from a rundown part of Northern Ireland. Unlike many other novels which feature a teenager as a protagonist, this book does not deal with the 'normal' issues faced by youth such as what lipstick to wear or which boy to telephone, instead, it addresses some real issues that exist in today's society that other writes have simply scathed across such as drug taking, under age drinking, pregnancy and rape. (I do not want to give away the plot of the book so have delibretly note revealed the main plot of the story)
This book really opens your eyes to the harsh reality of one of the toughest places to grow up in the UK. I believe the big theme in this book is boredom, many of the reasons the characters in the book behave the way they do is because they are bored with their surroundings; it is obvious from the writing the Canning has actually lived in such surrounds as the book genuinely feels like it is being told through the mouth of a 14 year old. By the end of the book a firm connection is established with Lisa, and you really do wish her well and hope she sorts her life out.
This is an excellent read and am so glad I have managed to get a 1st edition - I predict this book will become a classic in no time.