Josh was the second child from Jamaica and it took him longer to adjust to this new way of life; he was used to living in a less restricted environment and his dad's parenting could be construed as somewhat unconventional compared to today's parenting. The only thing normal to Josh was that he was fed; clothed; and kept clean. No television was allowed in the house, as a child he would often sit on the step of the stairs and peep through the cracked door-frame of the neighbour downstairs to watch Top-of-the-Pops on Friday evenings. When the neighbour caught him watching they filled in the cracks. Josh, age fourteen, was sent to a boys' home and was sexually abused and threatened he would be killed.
ISBN : 978-1-80074-550-6
Pages : 104
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Vivienne, at seventeen, was a naive young girl who took things at face value that intentions were good, not knowing that behind the smiles she sees some were untrustworthy, then one day it hit home, to take deeper look behind the smiles, a lesson learned that she carried throughout her life. Some would say it's a positive thing she learned early on, but on the down-side how does one function normally when you build a wall around you, conflicted of who to let in? This impacted Vivienne's life "what's hidden behind the smiles".