That Fry boy
By James Fry
“ James’ troubles start way back in primary school when he was relentlessly bullied by a classmate ”
This book follows the true passage of James’ youth which veered off track and into drug and alcohol abuse in spite of a very traditional family back drop. It becomes clear as you read that most (if not all) of James’ troubles start way back in primary school when he was relentlessly bullied by a classmate over many years and afforded little protection from the school. For almost three quarters of the book James is in and out of drunken stupors, continually sabotaging his family ties and always waking up sorry and remorseful for his actions. Finally, James realises he has an alcohol addiction and finally James seeks and sticks to the help that he needs.
James’ writing style is straight forward, he is frank and you can feel his passion for alcohol recovery services such as the 12 step program. But because James is bogged down for much of the book, it’s definitely not light hearted or uplifting, save for the last chapter. But I appreciated the insights of a troubled teenage boy and was particularly drawn to this story because this boy was from a seemingly conventional, loving family.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
Reviewed by Ms Di McNamara