I cannot find any bad reviews of this book, it appears to be lauded by all, receiving awards and acclamation on every site, but, I’m sorry, I hated this book. Too much metaphorical analysing for me to enjoy any storyline – which I struggled to find. Shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year 2015 for Older Readers I was annoyed that I had to pull it out again and think up something for a review. There are possibly good points but I couldn’t get past the lack of focus on the abuse which is piled atop tragedy – especially how there are no consequences for a grown man who gets a young traumatised girl pregnant. How come the authorities, who appeared to visit her regularly and knew her circumstances, turn a blind eye to the fact that she was alone and had been taken advantage of? She comes across as very simple. Why? I don’t know. If anything positive comes from this book it is how the author managed to get a reaction from me – I felt frustrated and annoyed by the obvious alternatives and even solutions which never came into the mix. And wait ‘til you find out the about the minnow!