When the paths of a runaway teenage boy, an old hobo, and a rich girl intersect in an abandoned train yard, each carries their own personal baggage. Over early mornings, long walks, and cheap coffee they discover, no matter how big or small, that it is the simple gifts in life that really make a difference. This special reissue of a bestselling and award-winning Australian classic is a life-affirming look at humanity, generosity, and love.
The third of Australian author Steven Herrick's free verse novels that began with Love, Ghosts, and Facial Hair, The Simple Gift, centers on 16-year-old Billy Luckett, who runs away from his alcoholic father to make his own way: "I'm poor, homeless/ but I'm not stupid." The poems are written from the points of view of Billy, Old Bill (who he meets while living in a train car) and Caitlin, Billy's love interest-a girl from a wealthy family who works at McDonald's.
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old bill thicc as hell
Is just too amazing... the depth and the feeling, I was truly captured and had a deep connection with the book. And I mean that, I've never connected with a book like that. The free verse and the sometimes incorrect grammar only added to the effect, and maybe incorrect grammar is a good thing to spark emotion and the sense of beauty... the connection was just inspiring... to the point where there needs to be a new word to describe a good thing... because this book is beyond "spectacular" and "phenomenal"... it's just... inconceivable...
Not the best I've ever read but it's decent and I like it👋