Format: E-Book (PDF)
Publisher: Kickstone Publishing
Published: 2nd February 2013
Pages: 151 Pages
Tom Fray leaves university with a simple plan; get a job, save some money and go travelling.
To put his plan into action he moves home to the suburbs of Manchester where he finds the people he left behind all stuck in the same routines as when he went away.
Feeling trapped between his old and new lives, Tom is desperate to escape. Then he meets Kate, a married neighbour and his simple plan becomes a lot more complicated.
Thank you to Steven for sending me a copy to read and review.
Tom Fray has just finished 3 years in Leeds Uni’ and after being in university for so long is now back at his parents’ house trying to grow up and become an adult. He knows deep down that he wants to go travelling and decides that getting a job to try and save seems like the best option. However, never did Tom think that living back in the suburbs of Manchester would be so full of drama.
I was unsure what to expect from Suburb because I didn’t think a book about coming home from University would be that exciting, more that it would just be the thoughts on how Tom was feeling. But, for only 151 pages it was a really exciting read and of course, complete with juicy drama.
Suburb for me was full of nostalgia and made me think back to my time at University. I loved Uni’ so much and if anyone gets the chance to go, they should. It isn’t all just about getting drunk and eating unhealthy, I did actually have fun learning and gaining a good degree. Plus, I made some of the best friends I’ll ever ask for and you can’t get better than that. Even if you didn’t go to Uni’ I would still recommend you having a read, it’ll give you an insight into the feelings once you’ve finished and also, the storyline doesn’t primarily focus on the Uni’ lifestyle, there is a lot more.
During his stay at home, Tom finds himself developing a relationship with Kate, a neighbour, and they get on like a house on fire. The two were a great partnership and I thought they suited each others personality. I think he needed a friend that was calmer and relaxed, rather than someone that just went out and got drunk all the time. However, the age gap did become a little bit of a problem for me, she was in her 30’s and he was 21. I mean it does happen, but it just felt a little unrealistic to me – then again if you get on, who’s to stop you?
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