The book Billy Elliot" is written by Melvin Burgess and based on a motion-picture-screenplay by Lee Hall. It has 155 pages and has a definitely connection with the title because the protagonist's name is Billy Elliot. When I read the blurb for the first time I wasn't really sure if should read the book but when I started to read it couldn't stop.
Billy Elliot lives with his family, which consists of his father, his elder brother Tony and his confused grandma in a small town in England. His brother and his father are miners and on strike because of the worse conditions of work and the less pay. So they are very poor and have to save every pound they are able to. And the 50 pounds that his father has to fund for Billy's boxing training are not easy to save. But Billy doesn't even think about to go to the boxing training, instead of this he invests the 50 pounds into ballet lessons. Of course without his father's knowing because he would never understand that Billy loves the ballet and that he is very good at it. Billy practices and practices until he can handle every spin perfectly. But his father begins to guess that something is wrong. One day he follows Billy to the "boxing training" and finds out that he dances ballet. He is very angry and forbids Billy to ever dance again. But Billy doesn't let his father get him down and keeps taking secret lessons. He is also planning to go to the auditions of the National-Dance-Academy of London and his ballet teacher supports him a lot. But on the day of the auditions his brother is arrested by the police and Billy is not able to go to London. Everything seems as it was for nothing but on Christmas happens a miracle...
I really enjoyed reading the book because it is so heartbreaking and exciting. Only the spelling style needs getting used to. I can recommend it to every bookworm and I think this is a must-read for everyone who likes reading.
Wenn ich unter english books schaue, setze ich voraus, dass die Bücher in englischer Sprache geschrieben sind und nicht auf spanisch - ich habe jetzt ein spanisches Buch und kann damit nichts anfangen.