A Summary about the whole book Summary about the book: The Twelfth Day of June
The novel is mainly about four teenagers in Belfast with two different religions. Kevin and Brede McCoy live in the Catholic area and Tommy and Sadie Jackson live on the Protestant side. The story starts five days before the 12th July. Sadie and Tommy are very busy with the preparation for their religious day. Kevin and Brede are annoyed at the ceremony of the Protestants. They don't know a lot about Protestants, they have just learned that Protestants are bad. The conflict between the Protestant and Catholic teenagers starts, when they begin to go to the other side to paint the walls with insults against the other religion. To both sides of the teenagers it is a kind of adventurous game. Under these circumstances they get to know the other religion and approach each other.
They find out the differences of their religions. Furthermore, they find out how different they are, but also what they have in common.
The main conflict actually takes place between the children of the Jacksons and of the McCoys, but suddenly more and more teenagers help their own side to fight against the teenagers with the different religion. The conflict gets harder and harder, because nobody wants to give up. The previous, at first only adventurous, game escalates into violence. But then Brede is hurt and she has to go to hospital. Suddenly the story takes a turn. For the first time their religion is unimportant to Tommy, Sadie and Kevin, because of Brede and they have no real reasons why they should not stick together. At the end of the book, Sadie and Tommy do not celebrate their religious day, because of all bad things, which happened. On this day, Tommy, Sadie and Kevin go to the beach together.
To me, the book was ok for a book, which is about history, because there is a real story and it is not just about history. If you are interested in the life of Catholics and