Small Fish Big Fish

Small Fish Big Fish : A Coming of Age Novel

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Stevie McBride has just turned seventeen.

Already, he's struggling to come to grips with what his life is about, how he fits in, and where his future lies. He hopes one day to meet someone special, a girl with whom he can share his secret hopes, feelings, and doubts, but he's inexorably shy, and the girls in this neighborhood just aren't his type.

Stevie lives in a part of town where graffiti is daubed on walls, not as folk-art, but rather an expression of anger by those unlucky enough to live there. Until now though, he's managed to fly under the radar of the local gangs.

But then Stevie spots some money lying on the floor of the grocers. He decides to keep it and heads to the fairground to have some fun. What happens next sends the teenager's normally well-ordered life spinning out of control, and he finds himself on a pathway of escalating crime, driven by his own naivete and fear of next-door neighbor, Archie.

And somewhere along this road, he meets Julie...

Small Fish Big Fish is a powerful coming of age novel, a psychological thriller about teen violence and bullying, and a moving story of family and young romance.

Adults and older teenagers will love the authentic 20th century setting, the drama, and the suspense brought to life by PJ McDermott's gritty biographical fiction.

Buy this enthralling coming of age story today!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 435g
  • English
  • 0994554494
  • 9780994554499
  • 1,258,664

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"What drew me in were the different layers the author weaved into the plot, ranging from philosophy, violence, immigration, and love. Small Fish Big Fish is an ambitious story, and the author does a very impressive job in tying the different elements together." K. Kumar "McDermott's writing clearly conveys a solid sense of character, setting and time. I felt like I was really 'there' throughout the story. The plot is complex and requires attention, but McDermott's writing make that easy. This book has multiple elements: mystery, action, romance, and excellent characterization. If you're looking for a new and different twist on the coming of age story, read this now!" PM (Amazon)

"Wow! What a great read, I couldn't put it down!! Loved the story and all the characters Hope there's a part 2, would love to read it" Roseanna Morales (Amazon)"

"This book is fantastic any way you look at it and I think it has a very wide appeal. The author's writing contains the perfect blend of each element of the story. Characters feel like real people and scenery pops off the pages. As to the story, Stephen is the main character who is a teenager facing very typical issues. You really learn to sympathize with him right away. He is having a rough time but his luck seemingly turns around when he finds a lot of money. He clearly struggles with how to handle it - does he turn it in, or find a way to spend it carefully without drawing attention? Then there's the neighborhood bully who gives him trouble. It really reminds you of those kids from your school days who used to be jerks and rubbed you the wrong way.
Seriously, this is a great read and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!" D. Egglesten (Goodreads)
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