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Fifteen Lanes

Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

Review by Nicolai Hughes, Teen Advisory Council

Bullet-hole in GlassFifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw is an award-winning Canadian novel, and it's clear to see why.
It's a groundbreaking story set in Mumbai that refuses to gloss over difficult topics like teen
mental illness, the sex trade, self harm and suicide, as well as other important issues. It
follows the story of two teenage girls, each coming from vastly different backgrounds and
situations, who grow to understand each other's hardships, and form an unbreakable bond
because of it. It's an emotionally taxing read, with a writing style so raw and real that you
may have to take time between chapters just to allow everything to sink in. If you're looking
for a thought-provoking story to truly change your perspective, I would highly recommend
picking up Fifteen Lanes. The story is heartbreaking and beautifully written, yet the ending
leaves you satisfied and proud of the characters involved. Though this book is no light read, I
think that anyone who picks it up will be better for having gotten through it. This novel really
spoke to me, personally, and I think a lot of teens will also find themselves and their own
situations reflected in the situations that unfold in the story, despite being so far away from
the home we're comfortable with here in Canada. Overall, this novel has a brilliant way of
bringing people together, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to sit down and
really think.