Aidan has it all – a happy home in leafy suburbia with two cars parked on the drive, and all a boy could ask for in terms of designer labels and gadgets. He’s top of the class, captain of the swimming team and has the gorgeous Emily hanging on his every word. So a trip up North with Mum to visit his dying Grandfather doesn’t go down well. But it does teach Aidan a thing or two about real life – and friendships, trust, loyalty and survival.
He’s shattered to discover his real father is a gangland drugs dealer recently released from prison and out to regain his scrap of turf whatever it takes. He’s surprised and confused to find he’s falling in love with the intriguing Jade even though she’s already pregnant after a fling with one of the bad lads who hangs out on the estate. He’s humbled by his grandparents, how little they have, but how much wisdom and love they offer him. In a crackingly paced, hard-hitting, real life thriller that deals with drugs and crime, Alan Gibbons also describes the summer of one boy who must grow up super-fast – from hormonal to responsible – in one huge leap of faith.