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Kate L'argent, Independent Usborne Organiser


Book Review - Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

21st June 2017

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy, tells the story of Adam, an eleven year old boy who wants to be a superhero.

Adam is immensely likeable as a character, and the bond between reader and protagonist is strong from the start. Adopted from birth, Adam feels as though a tiny part of him is not quite complete, and a class project on family trees brings those feelings to the forefront.

Adam goes in search of an envelope that he knows contains his birth certificate, in the hope of finding some answers about where he came from. He finds out that his real name is Ace, and begins a quest to find his birth mother.

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, this story shows us the importance of belonging, and the power of being loved. Although the ending with his birth mother isn't what Adam initially hoped for, he learns along the way that being a family isn't about blood, it's about love and standing by each other through even the most difficult of times. 

The novel handles the issue of adoption incredibly sensitively and showcases the beauty of family, however that family might be formed. It also shows us about the importance of communication. Much of the heartache in the novel could have been avoided through a simple conversation. Adam shows us that children think a lot more deeply than perhaps adults appreciate, and that it is important for parents to take the time to just listen. 

A beautifully written story that celebrates the fact that 'it's okay for life to be imperfectly perfect, because that's good enough.' 

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