An Act of Love is an extraordinary book that thoroughly explores trust, pain and decision-making.
Two young boys, best friends, grow up and tragically split to take two separate paths in the “war on terror”.
Never having properly understood terrorism and extremism, this book was a real eye-opener for me.
It exposes the brutal facts behind stereotyping and shows how these can cause horrific things like war.
The book took me on a journey. It jumps between the lives of Imran and Chris.
Imran is an angry young Muslim. He is inspired by his brother, who was slung in prison for standing up for his rights. Imran’s troubles have led him astray into a creepy extremist group.
Chris’s anxious parents have sheltered him from the truth. He grows up as an ordinary white boy with plenty of friends and a crush on a girl. But then he decides to sign up to the army.
My favourite part of the book is the part where Chris is at war. It describes it in absolute and graphic detail. It is shocking and truthful.
The two boys’ stories link together cleverly in a gripping ending. There was a confusing sub-plot, which I found a bit hard to understand, but it was explained at the end.
Overall it was an exciting read that challenges people’s views and leaves you wondering where you stand.
As a teenager myself, I would definitely recommend it to teenagers and would love to read it again.
An Act of Love
by Alan Gibbons
Orion Children’s, £8.99