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Beck

I'm honestly not sure how this book is on the shortlist, but it's probably because it covers sensitive topics and will be voted on solely because of that.

Its hard to follow, I couldn't connect with or even like the characters, interactions felt forced and there were clear contrasts to where Peet wrote and where Rosoff wrote.

I dislike this book and reading it was a challenge. It either made me uncomfortable (unnecessarily graphic paedophilia scene), confused (large time skips) or simply bored. The plot point of the abuse only seemed to crop up when it was convenient and the rest of the time was ignored. The relationship between him and Grace also felt forced, and that's not even delving into the 12 year age gap.

Generally, I definitely think this book shouldn't win.

Posted on: 3rd May 2017 at 01:48 pm

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