A Life Without Consequences
A Life Without Consequences is a semi-biographical novel from emerging author Steve Elliott. His novel traces the fate of Paul, a boy whose mother has died and who runs away from a violent father. The book follows Paul from living on the streets of Chicago to passing through juvinile institutions and a state system that is primarily programmed for failure. There, he meets Tanya and they fall in love but they are young and are separated after a failed attempt to escape the institution.
Paul battles through the violent system all the while battling his own rapidly budding adolescence. But as he turns sixteen he starts to come to terms with his own path, not as an adult, but as a scared child. Paul's emotions that we think of as anger are actually the determination to take control of his future. As he starts to overcome the system that has housed him, we see him developing a voice and a future of his own, but one day Tanya reappears in his life and the real decisions have to be made.
While the characters are fictional, the do not have to be they are representative of many and we realize the fragility of childhood and the burden on the children who have nowhere else to go.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bleached - LibraryThing
This is the first book of my #DontJudgeABookByItsCoverChallenge although it is an older purchase. I was in a book binge mood a few months ago and selected this one from Better World Books based only ... Read full review
A LIFE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCESUser Review - Kirkus
A slim and bleak coming-of-age debut, set during the 1980s among orphans in Chicago.Elliott deliberately lures the reader into interpreting the novel autobiographically by including an Author's Note ... Read full review