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Mr Guy, North London Collegiate School, Jeju, South Korea


Rook is an honest, gritty and tough short novel, written in straight-forward and simple prose that belies the bigger, more challenging issues that the story tackles. Though the plot tackles some thorny issues faced by many teenagers, including bullying, blossoming love, self-esteem, and family ties, it does so with a wry, dry sense of humour that pervades the storyline at regular intervals. There are also echoes of older ‘ kitchen sink’ dramas such as Kes and The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner.

The setting and atmosphere that the novel depicts are totally convincing and sit comfortably with the themes the story focuses on; and really help the emotional rollercoaster ride that Nicky finds himself on. Nicky’s life is indeed a worthy story and he tells it exceptionally well.

Posted on: 19th April 2018 at 08:04 am

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