Rūta is growing up in a failing school and a failing society.
There is nothing I can do to help her.
Arriving to small town England from Lithuania at the age of six the world must've seemed inconceivably large to Rūta.
At that age she wouldn't have needed promise, wouldn't have understood prosperity, but she was going with her mum and leaving her dad behind.
Rūta lives in a dilapidated street in the centre of town and takes the bus to a failing comprehensive school, the world becomes alarmingly small for her.
Unreliable teachers and warring factions trouble the narrator, impotent as the staff lose control.
This book is an insight into life for teens growing up in British schools.
Danger controversy and dilemma abound around carefully created characters.
A sympathetic narrator, who fights for breath in the turmoil around him, leads you through his world.