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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Gadjo is a work of fiction in the interpersonal and cultural drama sub-genres and was penned by author Lloyd Ingle. The work is intended for the general reading audience and contains some violent content and sexual references that would not be suitable for younger readers. Our key protagonist is Andrew Jenkins, later Andreas, whom we meet in his childhood when his class is all abuzz about a newcomer – Gunari – who comes from a neighboring Romany camp. So begins a realistic tale of two young boys growing up on the path to manhood, bonded by friendship, but also put through some harrowing trials and traumas as they find their place in the world.
Author Lloyd Ingle has crafted a memorable and touching work of dramatic fiction with plenty of highs and lows to offer its readers. In terms of its presentation of character, I found that the use of close narration created a deeper emotional resonance, and I felt that Andreas’s journey and acceptance by a surrogate family really drive home a warm and positive message about openness and anti-discrimination. The dialogue was also highly effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters and the true depth of their growing friendship, whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way. Though the work does not shy away from the harsher moments of life, it strikes a beautiful balance that will leave you thinking long and hard about the true meaning of family. Overall, I would highly recommend Gadjo to fans of emotive writing styles who enjoy cross-cultural drama and for realistic fiction fans everywhere.