This book is by one of my favorite writers, David Mitchell. I love his magical realism in books like Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas. But this book was different, nothing magical happening here. This is a book about a boy in England, thirteen years old. He stammers, he is bullied, and at home, his parent are having a rough time, and he is discovering who he is. In thirteen chapters, different happenings in his life are told. In the end they form a whole, forming this boy into a fourteen year old.
Even though this book is different from the last two books by Mitchell I have read, and indeed different from what I had expected, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes the story was a bit disorderly, but then again, it is told by a thirteen year old, and his mind is racing a mile a minute. A very nice read, four out of five stars.