After her mother is killed in a car crash, seventeen-year-old Fiona Fitzpatrick is forced to leave her home in Madison, WI, and move across the ocean to face with the father and brothers she’s never known. The graffiti on a forty-foot peace wall, separating her father’s neighborhood from the next, greets her on arrival: Welcome to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fiona has spent her life hating the father who’s had no part in her life, but soon learns he’s desperately tried to connect all along. As she starts putting the pieces together, she learns the terrible truths of her family’s past … and present.
Belfast-born Danny Stewart hopes to join the British Army when he turns 18, but his da and his mates rag him for staying on in school and wanting to abandon his Protestant culture. Everyone’s waiting for him to wise the bap and join the Ulster Volunteer Force, the paramilitary group his da, brother, and mates are in. When Danny meets Fiona, he’s immediately drawn to this beautifully tragic American girl who shares his secret love of folk rock. She sees him for who he can be, not who everyone pressures him to be. But Fiona’s family comes from the wrong side of the wall. Danny’s da and UVF mates would beat his bollocks in if they found out they were dating, and that’s nothing compared to what her older brothers would do.
HOOLIGANS IN SHINING ARMOUR will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Todd Strasser’s If I Grow Up.
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