LOCKS: A Story Based on True Events
“1993 was the year that Stephen Lawrence got murdered by racists, and I became an angry Black lad with a ‘chip on his shoulder’.”
Aeon is a mixed-race teenager from an English suburb. He is desperate to be understand the Black identity foisted on him by racist police, teachers, and ‘friends’. For want of Black role models, Aeon has immersed himself in gangsta rap, he’s trying to grow dreadlocks, and he’s bought himself some big red boots.
And now he’s in Jamaica.
Within days of being in Jamaica, Aeon has been mugged and stabbed, arrested and banged up.
Aeon has to fight for survival, fight for respect, and fight for his big red boots. And he has to fight for his identity because, here, Aeon is the White boy.
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This is a hard book to describe. The blurb says it is a story based on true events. Is it non-fiction or a novel. I would describe it as a non-fiction novel. It is the story of Aeon, a mixed race teenager. He is targeted by racists as being black. This comes from teachers, classmates and others in authority, such as police etc.
To live up to the seemingly black stereotype Aeon has immersed himself in gangsta rap and try to grow dreadlocks and dress like a black youth should.
To further forge his black identity he finds himself in Jamaica. He finds himself a stranger in a strange land. He has been mugged, stabbed and arrested.
This is an important book. It is eye opening story telling. It is at times humorous and heart breaking. It draws the reader into Aeons head and never lets go. Far from finding his identity Aeon finds himself more at a loss than ever. This is a story like no other. Enjoyable and recommended.