closed doors

Closed Doors by Lisa O'Donnell

I was distracted throughout this novel (in a good way): How does an adult woman know so well the mind of a 12 year old boy?

Sure, she might know some 12 year old boys.

closed doors (review)//wanderaven

But their thought processes? Secret emotions?

I mean, I don't know the mind of a 12 year old boy, so for all I know she's far off the mark. But it certainly doesn't seem that way. O'Donnell is incredibly talented at presenting the minds of children, girls or boys, both the youthful innocence and the crude wisdom. 

closed doors (review)//wanderaven

I absolutely loved O'Donnell's debut novel, The Death of Bees, also at least in part due to her characters. She done quite well here, too. Michael Murray is already experiencing a painful emotional growth spurt when he overhears, one night, something behind a closed door that he really probably shouldn't have. When he begins to understand the true implications of what he heard, his world is just destroyed.

It's a story about a 12-year old rough and rude Scottish boy, the family he loves, his despised enemy, Dirty Alice, and the closed and suffocating small community they live in. Michael's feelings about and responses to everything that happens in this novel is relatable (even if you wouldn't act like a 12 year old boy does, you understand why Michael, as a 12 year old boy acts the way he does), sad, kinda gross, kinda beautiful.