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It's a bit different from the movie, which made it a surprising ending, and I actually liked the book ending better.

Conflicts arise throughout their family as the burden becomes to much to bear and secrets are becoming harder to keep. I really enjoyed this book 😀 because it was very funny however the book goes on and on about saints because one of the brothers are religious and it takes up about half of the book.Although this book isn't something I would usually read, I did enjoy it and found it funny yet heart warming. I think that if the book included more action and events occurring then it could be better but the book didn’t take any big unexpected turns and didn’t include anything adventurous or out of the ordinary which is what I didn’t like.

The end showed how throughout the whole novel the boys’ went through so much for their money and that showed a lot about how greed can control you. There is also an interesting lesson in inflation in the school yard, not to mention several good examples of the corrupting influence of money. And furthermore, and finally, albeit I certainly do kind of wonder if I might be reading just a wee bit too much into and below the surface for Millions, as someone who was closely following the political and economic debates happening both in England and elsewhere in Europe (from around 1990 to 2006) regarding the adoption or not of the Euro and the fiascos this actually ended up creating for many member nations, both that Millions was published in 2004 (when the Euro had only recently been adopted as the common currency on the continent and when there was a very heated and often volatile debate in the UK regarding this) and that the entire (fictitious) scenario of the United Kingdom switching to the Euro is definitely being shown by Frank Cottrell Boyce as really being rather negative, this does definitely make me increasingly consider Millions to be Cottrell Boyce's warning fable against the Euro replacing the British Pound Sterling (and while I definitely think that this is interesting, it is also something I do tend to find more than a bit uncomfortable, as it gives Millions a between the lines political and economic message I as an adult reader find quite annoyingly problematic). When a huge bag stuffed with more than 200,000 quid comes flying out of the sky and into Damian’s cardboard “hermitage” (i.This idea is voiced throughout with grace and skill as Boyce shows the problems that money can cause. Steven lives with his partner Jay and his dog in Crouch End where he dunks endless amounts of biscuits in big red spotty cups of tea whilst listening to Radio 2. Then there are problems other than the money, like Dorothy, whom the boys are convinced aims to replace their mother, whose death aches still.

Having worked with director Danny Boyle on Millions, Danny asked Frank to be part of the team creating the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. It is an adaptation of his screenplay for the film Millions, although it was released six months before the film (September). But with only 17 days left before the national currency switches to Euros and the money becomes worthless, this proves to be much more difficult than they had anticipated. Damian and Anthony are well written characters, but I think the way they were written would have been more appropriate for boys older than them.This was a really cute story about growing up, and learning about how great (and burdensome) money can be. When a young boy finds a bag of money at the time in which the currency is changing to Euros, so it only has value for 17 more days, he and his brother have to spend quickly. We follow Damian and Anthony (brothers) through everything they do with the money before the day when the pound gets changed for the Euro. One of the things I didn't really like was that it took about half the book to get the action started and there were lots of side stories of saints which slowed the pace of the book and distracted me from the storyline.

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