Written by Anne Cassidy
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Careless is a beautifully written novel by Carnegie shortlisted author Anne Cassidy. Anne is brilliant at understanding and writing about important topics and issues that are very relevant to many teenagers. Here in Careless the issue of loss and trust are interwoven into the life of two very different teenagers. It is immensely powerful, thoughtful and thought-provoking, the characterisation is spot on and and the friendships forged are brilliantly portrayed. Anne Cassidy has also written the equally good The Story of my Life.
Careless by Anne Cassidy
As Chloe Cozens mourns the death of her mother, Lesley, teenage 'delinquent' Nicky Nelson experiences quite a different emotion towards her, his social worker, the one person he thought he could rely on when everyone else had let him down. Lesley Cozens wrote Nicky a letter before she died, the contents of which the reader does not know until much later in the novel, but the letter triggers a rage in Nicky that could have had tragic consequences if Chloe had not got involved. When Nicky begins hanging around Chloe's house with a mixture of curiosity and anger that she has had a happy life compared with his, he is prepared to hate her, but instead the two of them form a strange kind of bond. Chloe is her mother's daughter, and finds herself wanting to help Nicky find his real mother, the one who abandoned him at birth. Ironically, the clues she pieces together about what happened lead her back to her mother's home town, and to her childhood friend, Sonia, who is keeping a painful secret of her own. She is Nicky's mother. Chloe finds comfort in helping Nicky, a boy who is almost like a brother in that her own mother looked out for him for so long, and Nicky discovers that sometimes you have to trust in people in order to move on and build a life...
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Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division
19th April 2007
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