Andy Mulligan

Rating: 4/5

Trash-Andy Mulligan

Raphael is a fourteen year old dump-site boy whose daily life consists of digging through a sea of trash in hopes of finding something he can sell. Raphael desperately hopes for a change, and his wish is granted, for better or worse. With the discovery of a special bag, and soon after, the arrival of the police, who offer big money for the bag. Raphael for one reason or another feels compelled to keep the bag from the police, which soon leads him, his friends, and the police on a wild goose-chase. Will Raphael and his friends uncover what the police has been hiding from them, or will they be caught lose everything?

Social/Historical context:

Trash offers a glimpse towards a world so far away from us, but also what is reality for some. The story is situated in a present day dump-site known as Behala, where there are mountains upon mountains of trash. The only source of income for most residents is digging through the trash in hopes of finding something that can be sold, while some bathe in showers of gold, but are too greedy to share their fortune.

Writing Style:

Andy Mulligan offers an engaging and simple writing style that is easy to understand. He uses simple and effective vocabulary to make the book suitable for most ages. The fast pacing of the story made for a lot of action and rapid plot development. It doesn't drag on, but the ending did feel a bit incomplete.

My Thoughts:

In my opinion, this book was an excellent read. It had an original and interesting story-line which offered a different perspective from most books right now. I really liked the way the author worded the passages to make them easy to read and understand, and the way he implemented just the right amount of foreshadowing. I do, however, feel that if the author told us a little bit more about what happened after the resolution of the problem; the story would feel more complete. Overall, I would give this book a 4/5, and I would definitely recommend anyone to read it.

Book Reviewed by Gavin Zhang

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