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Book Review: Mandasue Heller Respect




Rating
3 out of 5 stars 
Country
United Kingdom 
Writers
Mandasue Heller
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Sub Genre
Gangster 
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Plot Summary
Respect is a standalone novel by author Mandasue Heller.  Chantelle Williams has everything going against her.  She wants to be a top student to escape her Manchester life but her feckless mother has decided to head off to Spain with her latest boyfriend leaving her to look after her younger brother.  But Leon has made some friends who are teenage gang members bringing violence to her door.  And the only person she can turn to for help seems to be as bad as the people she is trying to escape.





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My Review
This was quite a heart wrenching tale of what it is like to grow up living at the bottom edge of society.  Chantelle and her family live on one of Manchester's worst estates which is littered with gang crime and violence on a daily basis and family breakdown.  She must deal with the economic hand that life has dealt her while trying to keep her family intact and safe. 

But Chantelle must be strong to work through all the problems thrown at her and so decides to take a job working for a private investigator, which was a bit of a stretch to believe given that Chantelle is only about fifteen years old.

Mandasue Heller does claim to live in the areas which she writes about but at times it did feel like an outsider was writing the novel and again the worse dialogue was when it tried to be accented.

It does have an interesting ending with Chantelle having to approach people for help with her brother and a situation that her work has gotten her into and what is perhaps more unusual, is that there is actually a happy ending.

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