Publisher: Cranachan Publishing
Publication date: Out now
Daughter and Sonny are two best friends just trying to get through fourth year at high school. But when their favourite teacher leaves unexpectedly, and no one will say why, the boys decide to start their own investigation.
As they dig deeper into the staff at Battlefield High, they discover a dark secret which one person will kill to protect… Will they uncover the truth without being expelled? Can their friendship survive when personal secrets are revealed?Taken from the Cranachan website
Can you remember the last time a book made you laugh? And I mean laugh out loud, not just an “Oh, that was mildly amusing” in your head? Sonny and Me made me laugh, snortle (half snort, half chuckle), and outright cringe. And I loved it.
This is a wonderful book that is about a murder, but more about the wonders of friendship. Daughter and Sonny are as thick as thieves, but each have their own wants and needs. So when Daughter finds himself in the thick of something sinister, he quickly realises that he may be taking Sonny for granted.
Amongst all the laughter there are serious topics, such as homophobia. What Sayers writes is very real – there are problems and no magic fixes, only solid, reliable friendships to show what matters.
Sayers’ biggest success in this book has been to make it so broadly appealing to so many people. It is written in a Scottish dialect, which I found really enjoyable, although I sometimes didn’t understand a specific word. I possibly had a small advantage having spent so much time in the North East (of England)!
I personally do not have an issue with this, but if you are thinking of buying Sonny and Me for a younger reader, you may want to consider that it contains some colourful words. They are not used excessively and the context is always appropriate.
Sonny and Me is a fabulously funny, clever, and frank story of friendship and life. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
About the author
Ross Sayers is a Glasgow-based author who writes contemporary Scottish fiction.
His books explore friendship, family, and morality using humour, unique characters and dialect-driven dialogue.
His debut novel, Mary’s the Name, released in 2017, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award.
You can tweet him @Sayers33 or see more of his writing at rosssayers.co.uk.
Image and text from Cranachan Publishing
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