I’m so pleased to have been invited to participate in the blog tour for Sofa Surfer. Don’t forget to check out the blog tour schedule for other wonderful posts on this tour. Many thanks to Jade at Zephyr/Head of Zeus for the invitation to participate.
15-year-old Tyler’s teenage angst turns to outright rebellion when his family leave London for a new life in Yorkshire. He’s angry with his parents about the upheaval and furious at losing his home.
With only the dog to confide in, Tyler has no idea that a chance meeting with a skinny girl called Spider will lead him into a world he never even knew existed.
Spider is sofa surfing and Tyler finds himself spinning a tangled web of lies in his efforts to help her escape her world of fear and insecurity.
In today’s society, there is no getting away from the increasingly levels of homelessness. Sofa Surfer presents two very different views of young people – Tyler, who is angry at his parents from taking him away from the home he knew and loved, and Spider who doesn’t seem to have anyone, or anything.
Tyler’s insight into the world and perspective of Spider’s situation compared to that of his parents is fascinating. Tyler sees someone in need and wants to help her in anyway he can, whereas his parents dismiss her as someone else’s problem. I think most of us, if we were honest with ourselves, can think of times where we have turned away and decided that someone else will deal with it.
Sofa Surfer, as well as being an entertaining story, makes us question our own attitudes towards homelessness and how we would react in a similar situation.
Although I very much enjoyed Sofa Surfer, there were a few things I would like to have seen clarified or discussed.
For example, as well as helping Spider, Tyler is also dating Michele. Although, he isn’t overly sure why. Michele is controlling and sees Spider as a threat, and attempts to manipulate Tyler into doing as she says. Michele, as a character, is well written as she is utterly infuriating. However, what I felt Duffy did not address was the fact their relationship was very unhealthy.
Having said that, this would be an excellent starting point for classroom discussions about relationships.
Additionally, in a similar guise, there is scene with a heated moment between Tyler and his dad where his dad raises his fist to him, as if to hit him. The book quickly moves on and does not address this again, despite it being an extremely disturbing scene between a father and his child.
Overall, Sofa Surfer is a highly relevant and enjoyable read. I think it would be a valuable addition to classroom reading. I’ll definitely be looking out for books by Duffy in the future.
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