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As said, I thought that I was going to give it two stars and for me, two stars is bad and three stars is good. Mitch Johnson (author of Kick), for the majority of the book, is gentle and quite subtle with the content as I only picked up on how problematic the events may be in the story about three-quarters of the way through. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The community is also threatened by corruption; a local gangster, the Dragon, extorts protection money from local businesses and residents with impunity due to his familial links with the head of the police, and is reputed to have murdered his own brother. I would possibly choose this book for guided reading, but it would definitely need a lot of thought as it may be stressful for some children with particular backgrounds and situations.

The poorly paid labourers, the uncomfortable working conditions, the tyrannical foreman with his rotan, the punishments, the blood, the sweat, the tears. Overall I loved this book, the literary devices, characters and use of language were all great, but for me, there was just too much happening sometimes. He and his friends work in a shoe factory where they are beaten if they fail to fill their daily quota.The adjectives had me enthralled and at one point when the story was at it's peak, I felt as if I was really there. By night he spends time with his parents and grandmother in their tiny apartment, plays football with his friends, role-playing his favourite Real Madrid player or watching matches on a damaged television set with his friend Rochy. This debut comes out this month in September; it is a book primarily for teenagers (though this is fairly compatible with a certain type of adult reader! Well, that is he trains when he isn't working in the factory making uppers for the shoes Kieran Wakefield wears. Budi especially because he is just like a lot of young boys and girls out there, who's lifelong dream is to play pro football and nothing will stop them.

When an earthquake strikes, causing some buildings to crumble, killing Rochy's family and also leading to the death of Budi's grandmother, it is particularly challenging. However, forgetting about the target audience and doing my job as a book reviewer, I would certainly say that the merits of this book are so much higher than that cover. What I wasn't expecting was for Mitch Johnson to take me on a journey far beyond footballing dreams. Every day after work, he is out on the street kicking a ball, stone or bottle around with his friends.

The book begins and we also meet his friend Rochy who is, like Budi, a massive fan of football and there is a lot of focus in here on their mutual dreams and their connection of friendship through this shared love of football. At the back of the book it says Mitch Johnson’s next novel will be about PTSD (I think) and if that subject matter is treated as sensitively and skillfully as it is in Kick, it will be another classic. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've read this year (and I have read a lot of good ones so far). Although I didn’t know it at the time, I had just witnessed the birth of a superstar footballer named Kieran Wakefield, a tyrannical landlord known as the Dragon, and Budi, a little boy from Jakarta with big dreams.

He then grows far more confident as a person and that story also teaches Budi to look past all his difficulties - in terms of being poor and having his blood condition - and follow his dreams if that is solely what he wants to do and it will pay off. He believes he will save enough to fly to Madrid to watch his favourite team, and he believes the very boots he stitches are worn by his favourite player. I found this book a bit disjointed and felt that it took a long time to cover Budi's early life in Jakarta, leading up to the climax of the novel, where he meets the Dragon.I loved reading about Budi and Johnson creates his world brilliantly- you truly come to inhabit his life, feel his hopes and anxieties and care for him and his family. Budi’s going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. I'll try not to give anything away but, in effect: there is something that happens towards the end of the book which COULD potentially have changed the course of a character's life and the way things turned out really annoyed me!

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