Plus, due to Francie's lack of description and excessive slang and denial to his own emotions, half the time you have no idea about what is going on. But the author did do a good job with characterization, and it was a well-written, touching book.
And it was hilarious too. In one part, there was a man who loved Francie but Francie just pretended to like him for Rolos and cigarettes...
Anyway, the kid is sent to boarding school.
He lives in Ireland, he's poor, he hates Mrs. Nugent.
Mrs. Nugent caused his mother to commit suicide. She also called their family the pig family.
The book is by Patrick McCabe and is historical fiction.
(Quote from The Butcher Boy)