Most teenagers have issues to deal with: raging hormones, low self-esteem, bullying, or that hollow feeling that somehow, they just don't fit in.
Seventeen-year-old Stephen McBride faces all these challenges. But not many his age would have to put up with a total psycho like nineteen-year-old Archie Stewart for a neighbor. So far, the younger boy has managed to keep out of his way.
Stephen's problems begin with the money he finds on the floor of a local shop. He chooses to keep it, telling no-one. Archie discovers the truth and decides to use the knowledge to further his own ends, with disastrous results.
Stephen is desperate to escape Archie's clutches, but the only way he can do so will leave his family, his best friend, and his dream girl at Archie's mercy.
This is a story about the struggles of a group of young people to come to terms with their place in life. It's about nature versus nurture, truth, heroism, and fate. If you enjoy true-life settings filled with compelling characters and a smidgen of young romance, then you'll love PJ McDermott's twist on the traditional coming-of-age story.
What Readers Say
'I found myself unable to put it down after the first twenty pages.'
'Every young person wants to know they're not alone. We are all Stephen at some stage in our lives, lost, confused, trying to fit in, struggling to come to grips with our lives and who we are. This book does this flawlessly.'
'This really is a wonderful story that all young people can relate to. It takes an age-old battle and puts it splendidly into words that many will appreciate. I could not believe the climax.'
'Your book reminds me of Frank McCourt's biography of his life growing up in Ireland.'
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PJ McDermott was born in his grandparents' house in the town of Barrhead just outside Glasgow but spent most of his growing up in Ferguslie Park, a notorious suburb of Paisley, where he developed a healthy appreciation for self-preservation.
In his teens and early twenties, PJ sang and played in several bands on the local folk circuit and pub scene. By twenty-one, a girlfriend convinced him to go to Glasgow University where he had a ball, and graduated Bachelor of Science. When he graduated, he fell in love with an Aussie girl who convinced him to return to Melbourne with her. Married to Susan, they now have two children (Fiona and Gillian) and three grandchildren (Mia, who is especially cheeky,) Ryder Patrick, and Ethan (who is too young to be cheeky yet - but is very cute.)
PJ discovered a love for writing and published his first book in 2014 - a coming of age novel titled "Small Fish Big Fish."
PJ is also the author of the science fiction series, Prosperine, comprising The Alien Corps, Rise of the Erlachi and The Scarf.