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Juno Loves Legs

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These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. The characters are three-dimensional and sympathetic as they struggle to overcome the cruel circumstances of their lives . Young friendship takes on all the world's challenges—love, art, family, the simple and overwhelming task of survival—with tragic, poignant results. However, the book can be unrelentingly bleak at times, and it can be a bit of a chore to parse given all of the slang that’s used. As Legs alludes to that his impending death from AIDS is near, through insight, wisdom and unflinching self awareness, Juno quietly declares their understanding with devastating pragmatism, with an acceptance that touched me, “like the silence of reading, or reading about people who love and must part, I thought it perfect” (Geary 273).

Set in Dublin during the 1980s, with eerie, dark landscapes of tawdry bars, alcoholics on the street, with poverty rampant everywhere, Juno is one of the pluckiest and most resilient narrators I’ve read in a while. The Catholic church rules their world, constantly reminding the children of their sinfulness and the church’s authority given by God. I immediately got sucked into the wonderful audiobook by Dreamscape Media and narrated by Alana Kerr Collins, who has a lovely, Northern Irish accent. The writing is excellent, the characters Juno and Legs are lifelike, very original and wonderful and the story is oh so sad and harsh and sometimes funny.Een verhaal over vallen en opstaan, geheimen en ondanks je eigen ellende alle knelpunten in het leven van de ander willen oplossen. It is hopeful and leaves you feeling that there are still good and kind people everywhere in this world. Mike Maggio’s forthcoming novel, Woman in the Abbey , a gothic tale of love and betrayal, will be released by Vine Leaves Press in 2025. She is often at odds at Catholic school with cruel Sister for a teacher, and the sadistic Father who often take their repression and religious fervor by violently abusing and projecting their feelings on Juno (she’s impoverished) and of course, Juno’s classmate, the beautiful Sean, (aka Legs). Een verhaal waarin ellende regelmatig de boventoon voert, maar dat door het zoeken naar licht in de duisternis en de liefde die weerklinkt zeker een aanrader is voor liefhebbers van indringende romans!

Taking this coming-of-age journey with these two hapless beings was like putting my fingers into a vise one by one. I’m with Legs,” Juno says throughout the novel, “I’m with him,” until their friendship, and the story, arrive at a deeply moving conclusion that will shatter even the hardest heart. Juno is fierce, brash, her mother struggling to keep the family afloat, her father distant and drunk; “They were two mouths and I was their voice,” she tells us. After losing her mother to a bus accident, Juno finds herself witnessing Legs committing a crime against Father that would change their friendship forever. And still each evening, the [prison] chaplain would come to him; the chaplain believed that burning Father was an accident and Legs felt free to tell almost all of himself.And although I DO much prefer this UK cover - that looks suspiciously like American actress Kristy McNichol on the cover, circa 1980!

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