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The Door That Led to Where – Sally Gardner. Reviewed by Banana Girl (11)

“You will never amount to anything, AJ Flynn. Not with one GCSE.” These are the ‘encouraging’ words of AJ’s Mother. AJ’s life had never been fun, in fact it had been positively horrid. With a mother who hadn’t even told him what his own initials ‘AJ’ stood for, and was more like a red reptile to AJ than a mother, to her boyfriend Frank, who is super lazy and resembled a slug, and his annoying little half-sister Roxy.

Sometimes, the only people AJ can turn to are his friends, Leon and Slim, who also live rather sad lives, and AJ’s neighbour in the flat below, an elderly woman named Elsie, who often looked after him and helped him. In a way, AJ filled the space her son Norris was, when he disappeared many years ago.

Somehow, though, AJ manages to get a job at a law firm with his one GCSE. Yet one night he finds a key, hidden away in a file and everything changes. The very next day AJ’s boss is taken ill, and while his boss is dying, dying with him is a great secret…

I would definitely recommend this book to people who like dark complicated plots. The book shows how many things are not as they seem (whether that be for the better or for the worst) and that it is never too late to change and start over again. Another thing I liked about this book was that I could never put it down! The writer had a clever way of adding mystery and suspense throughout the book. I felt as though I was going on that journey, with the characters.

Five stars!

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