Corner Shop by Roopi Farooki

Synopsis:  There are only two tragedies in life. One is not getting your heart’s desire – and the other? Getting it. Fourteen-year-old Lucky Khalil is passionate about three things: football, Star Wars and Portia, the girl who works in his grandfather’s corner shop. In that order. While Lucky pursues his girl and his dreams of one day scoring for England, his mother Delphine, the woman who seems to have everything, fantasizes about rediscovering the freedom of her youth. But rekindling a relationship with her father-in-law Zaki is only going to end in disaster …And, as they move closer to their dreams, do they risk losing sight of what’s really important?

Review:  I loved this book it was a warm and wonderful read.  I enjoyed the differing viewpoints of the story of Lucky, Delphine and Zaki and the way the narrative moved between the past and the present to increase our understanding of the characters and also our empathy towards them.  It was a story about a boy growing up but also about adults learning about life too; this is particularly true of Zaki’s story.  I enjoyed Lucky’s story the most and he was the character I thought about most whenever I put the book down.  I shall be looking out for Roopa Farooki’s other novel Bitter Sweets on the strength of this excellent read.

LibraryThing rating: 4/5

Other books read by this writer:  None but I will look out for Bitter Sweets.

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