Me Mam, me Dad, me

Me Mam, Me Dad, me by Malcolm Duffy

Danny’s mam has a new boyfriend. Initially, all is good – Callum seems nice enough, and Danny can’t deny he’s got a cool set up; big house, fast car, massive TV, and Mam seems to really like him.

But cracks begin to show, and they’re not the sort that can be easily repaired. As Danny witnesses Mam suffer and Callum spiral out of control he goes in search of his dad.
The dad he’s never met.



Hannah, Ardingly

9th January 2020 at 9:43 am

I really enjoyed reading ‘Me Mam. Me Dad .Me’ and I would definitely recommend it to others of my age. The book tackles the serious topic of domestic violence in a careful and interesting way, by making the reader feel empathetic towards the main character, Danny. Danny’s innocent, honest character and his incredible love for his mother shines through and lets the reader truly feel for him. Also, throughout the whole book, the main character has a Geordie accent, and this makes him seem more real and likeable. This really adds to the book. In the book, Danny is the same age as me (14 years old) and this makes the character much more relatable. The main character is, for me, certainly the highlight of the book.
Additionally, I found the book quite engaging because in my opinion, the story got going quite quickly and it gripped me right from the start. Also, the opening sentences create a great hook (“It was the day the clocks went back. That’s when I decided to kill him.”). Instantly, I wanted to find out more and I was desperate to understand why the main character wanted to kill someone! In addition, I really loved the ending because mostly everything was resolved by this point but I could still imagine what would happen in the future when the father would be released from prison.
Overall, the book was a pleasurable read and despite the weighty theme, the main character, Danny, brings some comedy and hope. Therefore, I think that the book was well-balanced and, most importantly, entertaining.

Lisa, Ardingly

9th January 2020 at 9:43 am

Me mam Me Dad Me is heart-breaking and tackles some difficult topics, but it manages to stay engaging. This book is moving and I felt all the fear of the teenage Danny as he watches his Mum allow herself to be manipulated. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the way that it was written.


14th December 2019 at 5:14 pm

“Me Mam. Me Dad. Me.” by Malcolm Duffy, I found to be a really good book. I really liked how down to earth it was and the protagonist (‘Danny’) being a similar age to me as well the book being written in an informal way made it easy to relate and emphasise with the characters. Adding on from this, this book really showed the effects of domestic abuse as well showing what to do if you were experiencing a situation similar to this.
The only down side to this book was that, at the end it became a bit predictable but wasn’t boring to read. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I loved how nearly every chapter left you on a cliff hanger. Because of this, I read this book every chance I got and couldn’t put it down.

Laura, Ardingly

5th December 2019 at 8:13 pm

I found the cover of ‘Me Mam. Me Dad. ME.’ enticing as I thought the blunt message and bold colours made the book seem enjoyable and quirky even before I had started it. I really enjoyed reading the book because it had an informal tone which meant I was able to relate to Danny easily and put myself in his shoes. I liked how Danny wasn’t perfect as it made the story more realistic and I thought the situation of Callum being attacked was an important part of the book as I was stuck between feeling sorry for him but also being glad that Danny’s Mum was safe. Overall, this book is full of complex relationships (between Callum and Danny’s Mum and Danny and his Dad in particular), written in an enjoyable style and just a very good read!

Owen, SRWA

26th November 2019 at 1:11 pm

I think this is a great book with an amazing contrast between fiction and non-fiction.
I also think it shows the realism of domestic abuse.

Oliver, SRWA

26th November 2019 at 1:01 pm

I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed mostly the part where the tension builds; also I loved the lots of twists. I would definitely recommend this book due to the fact that it is a wonderful book to get invested in.

Agatha, Ardingly

25th November 2019 at 10:18 pm

At first I thought the book was quite simple, with a simple plot. A normal story that would end the same as all the other ones I had read; happily ever after. I was so wrong. From the moment Callum enters the story, each road that could lead to the end is cast over in an impenetrable fog. You might be able to guess what happens from events early in the book, but you have a small chance of getting it right, especially with how the book ends. My favourite part of the book is definitely when Danny goes to Scotland to meet his dad. The decision sprang up out of nowhere and was very difficult to anticipate which made it very interesting to read about. I loved to see the bond between father and son grow stronger and stronger, and I particularly liked that Danny thought it was going to end terribly but they ended up getting on like a house on fire. Sometimes I was quite confused with how far Callum was described to have taken the physical actions against Danny’s mum, but I also understood that it was to portray the bad character in him, even if at times I found it a bit much. What is hard to predict in a book is whether the ending is going to be happy or sad, if you are going to be satisfied or not, and what made the book amazing was that when I finished the book I was ok with it. It was not a happy ending, but it was heart-breaking and satisfying at the same time, to be expected from such a complicated but also touching story.

Laurence, Hurst

20th November 2019 at 8:57 am

Me Mam, Me Dad, Me: I find that the book uses a range of intriguing language, and I really connected emotionally with the characters. I think it deserves the award!

Lauren, Hurst

20th November 2019 at 8:57 am

Me Mam, Me Dad, Me: The book highlights a really important issue, and allows young people to understand it. Furthermore, throughout the book you think you know what is going to happen, but then you don’t actually. Finally, Danny is described in a certain way which allows the reader to feel empathy towards him.

Tania, Hurst

20th November 2019 at 8:55 am

Me Mam, Me Dad, Me: I thought this book was the best out of the shortlist because it talked about things that happen in life that people don’t usually talk about, like abuse. It also raises awareness, and if someone has been in a situation like that, or they know someone who is, it lets them know they are not alone. Me mam, me dad, me also had a great story-line. I especially liked the part about how Danny took the train to his real dad’s house instead of going on the school trip!

Nicholas, SRWA

19th November 2019 at 1:05 pm

I really enjoyed this book, as it is very interesting and makes me laugh, cry and I can relate to it in so many ways. Danny (the main character) and all his friends keep the story light with slapstick comedy despite the dark themes and I would highly recommend this book. 🙂


19th November 2019 at 12:54 pm

I thought this was an amazing book to read and could be relatable in today’s society because the tension stayed high throughout the entire book. I love how Danny stands up for his mum. I do feel like the plot was given away far too early and the character development was way too fast. Overall it was very difficult and emotional to read. I’m not a fan of sad books but I just couldn’t take my eyes away from the pages.


19th November 2019 at 12:44 pm

This was an amazing book about a very powerful topic. The characters are interesting and easy to relate to however I don’t think Danny was really portrayed at the age he was in the book. The story was easy to get completely invested in. I’d definitely recommend this book unless someone was easily upset.

Louie, Shoreham College

11th November 2019 at 9:09 am

I personally really enjoyed Me Mam, me Dad and Me because it was fun to read all the way through the book, although it was a bit sick at the end. Still a good read though, I love how Danny sticks up for his mum as she is in an abusive relationship.

Ayla, Downlands

28th October 2019 at 8:39 pm

I found this book really interesting . I’d never heard of domestic violence before. I liked the way the author kept it very light for such a serious topic and I really liked watching Danny grow up in the book. Also I loved the the northern English accents and words used throughout the story.

Sophie, Ardingly

23rd October 2019 at 11:40 am

I really liked this book because I could relate to it. As a Geordie myself I found it funny and easy to read. It brought awareness of domestic violence and the signs of it too, which I feel will help many young children to identify it so they won’t have to suffer themselves. Overall, I found it an interesting read and would recommend it.

Theo, Ardingly

23rd October 2019 at 11:38 am

7/10: a quirky and heart-warming tale with memorable characters. What holds it back is the fact that the plot could be resolved in the first five chapters and the ending is a bit of an anti-climax.

Nathaniel, Ardingly

23rd October 2019 at 11:37 am

The book was great with a page-turning start that really intrigued me. the character development was a bit too fast which gave away a lot of the plot a bit too soon for me. Overall the book was good though.

Emily, Ardingly

23rd October 2019 at 11:35 am

I thought this book was heart-breaking but I enjoyed it. I never really like sad books but this book warmed my heart. I loved the relationship the on had with his mother, it really made me love him and relate to him more. This book made me want to read on after each page. It really made me love and hate different characters. However I did not feel like the main character Danny was really 14, the way he narrated didn’t make me feel like he was around my age.

Kinda, Dorothy Stringer

17th October 2019 at 1:13 pm

Me Mam Me Dad Me: it is a fantastic book to read, I really enjoyed reading this book because it has true and funny things, and I really like the ending, especially when Danny met his father Steven and also I really loved when Steven sent a letter to his son Danny.
When Danny went to his father Steven in Scotland and they have a lovely time, I really enjoyed these feelings.
Cullam was a very strong character but he was funny and serious at the same time, and when Danny explained how Cullam start to beat his mother, I really got the feelings that Danny was feeling. I had the same thoughts when Danny thought that his mother was going to die and I love Danny’s girl friend and his Aunty Tia.
Thank you very much for Malcolm Duffy for these lovely feelings and for the lovely story.

Abigail, Dorothy Stringer

15th October 2019 at 1:15 pm

I think this was an amazing book. It explored the issue of domestic abuse from the point of view of a boy whose mother was a victim, which is not a common subject in many books. I think it was really interesting to show how people would react to something like that going on in their life. Although I thought some of the things Danny did as a result of what was happening to his ‘Mam’ like going around school and asking what others would do if someone was beating up their ‘Mam’ was a bit far fetched for a boy of his age, it shows how powerless the situation was making him feel.

Tabitha, Dorothy Stringer

15th October 2019 at 12:35 pm

This book starts with a young boy and his mother, who is in an abusive relationship, and how the boy feels strong injustice to his mother’s new partner. It follows his journey to find his last resort for justice- his estranged dad. But with his dad refusing to help and his mother in danger, he doesn’t know how the nightmare will ever end. The book was a joy to read with tension built at all the right points, leading you on page after page until a resolution is found. I also really enjoyed seeing all of the characters develop throughout the story- especially Danny’s character. He was interesting to focus on because he grew so much in emotional maturity so it was intriguing to see how he’d respond to the difficult situations thrown at him in the story. I would definitely recommend this book as it is a wonderful book to get invested completely in the storyline.

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