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Miss Kettlewell, UAH - Hooked On Books


Rook is part of a Barrington Stoke, dyslexia friendly/ reluctant reader trilogy. Despite being the third book in the series, McGowan seamlessly continues with the final instalment in such an illustrious manner that I strongly believe it could sit well as a standalone title.

The authors' ability to accurately represent the inner lives of young people is unparalleled; and at times literally made me laugh out loud. The comedic edge, teamed with the careful depiction of prominent themes such as growing up, dealing with an Autistic sibling, coping with bullying and making the right decisions in life is genius - making for a heartwarming and thoroughly satisfying read.

The opening chapter, told from the Rook's perspective, is unique and refreshing and certainly projected the intended imagery within my own head when reading the descriptions. I loved the way that McGowan unreservedly explores the relationship between brothers Nicky and Kenny; especially with the raw and realistic conversations between them.
Teenagers and adults alike could easily empathise with these somewhat relatable issues portrayed through the eyes of a teenage boy. I applaud McGowan for including these aspects in such a short, yet poignant book.

Posted on: 26th April 2018 at 05:12 pm

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