Tom A, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School For Boys
Rook, overall, was quite a disappointing read for me because I believe that the author didn't go into enough detail about more interesting parts like having disabled sibling and how that could have affected Nicky as he goes through secondary school.
Many of the conclusions in the books seemed to come out of nowhere, like the apparent symbolism of the rook they saved in the field and that Nicky's expulsion was brought back to a three day suspension. This is exactly what I don't like about books, the conclusion about all bad thing has magically disappeared and everything will more or less go back to normal.
What really annoys me about this book is that it has the potential to become a better book which differs from the crowd instead of drowning into it. Especially, the story about Peter Stanhope and how he came to be a "bully" and the author could have put emphasis on the parallels between Sarah and Peter and Nicky and Kenny. It could have gone further in the timeline and saw that Nicky deals with going to Milton Park and how he copes with it. Instead, everything is fixed and Nicky goes back to his normal school.
Overall, Rook was a very average read that had the potential to be a more intriguing and better book about real life issues and about how 'life isn't fair'.
Posted on: 20th April 2018 at 10:42 pm
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