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Sameera, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Beck

One of the most touching books I've read so far is definitely Beck. It follows a black man who is known as Beck's forever prolonged excursion on the run, who has no sense of identity or belonging. In this book, we can see that as a black man, he isn't accepted as an equal in most places he dwells in, highlighting that Mal Peet doesn't agree with racism because it is cruel and unjust. Due to his colour, he starts working in an extremely dangerous and illegal business, risking everything he has. Throughout the book, Beck is trying to escape his past, but along the way, he finally finds something that he hasn't had for a long time that is worth staying for. The storyline pursues the idea of love, belonging and trust. The final and quite unexpected destination for Beck is obvious for the reader, but Beck quickly moves on, afraid of letting go or relying on anyone. We soon discover that it isn't easy to realise what he has stumbled upon until it could be too late for him to go back. I mean, why would you want to change what you have been doing your whole life and stop running away from recalling your scars? Get ready to step into Beck's footsteps and follow a search and journey like no other.

Posted on: 7th April 2017 at 09:53 pm

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