In the novel Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin, Aidan is Catholic, Irish, and Republican. Iona, Protestant and British. At a party celebrating the end of exams, Aidan leaves the party alone and becomes the victim of a brutal attack. Iona witnessed the attack and picked up Aidan’s phone after he dropped it then filmed what happened. Eventually she gets in touch with him to return the phone. Then when the two the differences between them seem irrelevant and after they start talking more, they start falling in love. A bit of a “Romeo and Juliet” scenario.
“The first blow caught me hard on the chin and I spun off balance, tripping over the empty beer cans as the green, navy, and white Northern Ireland tops blurred past me. A kick in the groin and a knee in my back followed as swiftly as the abuse.
“Fenian bastard!” said one man
Is ‘Catholic’ tattooed on my head? How did they know?” (p. 11)
I chose this part because it expresses how often people get discriminated against for something as simple as what they believe in, religion, their race, nationality, gender, sexuality, political opinions and more. After that happened, Aiden lived in constant fear of being attacked. No one should have to go through that. Unfortunately, in reality many people do, and if we spread awareness, and talk about why it’s wrong, maybe one day we’ll get to a place where no one has to live in fear of being treated differently because of who they are. Reading this book gave me a glimpse of what that’s like, and why no one should have to go through what Aiden did.