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Tom SHD, Bryanston Carnegie Club

Rook

Rook, by Anthony McGowan, which accompanies two of his other books, “Pike” and “Brock”, is an interesting and insightful story of a teenage boy and his family, as he undergoes life's teenage problems. The title may suggest the subject of the bird that he and his brother rescue from death, but in reality the plot unravels to create an entirely different and much more elaborate story. Nicky and his brother Kenny, who has learning difficulties, live an ordinary life with their Dad and his new girlfriend. However, it is not any of his family who have problems to face. Nicky struggles with confidence, which makes it hard to talk to the girl he is first in love with, as well as to face up to a cruel bully who makes sure of Nicky’s bad time at school. Not only this, but Nicky also has to face the consequences of his own major mistake, which could make him pay for the rest of his life. Rook is a compelling read, and entices you to turn each page to find out what happens next. Anthony McGowan writes amazingly well, and the story grows and transforms throughout the book. On the other hand, the title does not have much reference to the real storyline, and I felt that the parts which included the rescued rook could have been left out of the plot. All in all, however, I believe “Rook” is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who would like something new and different to read.

Posted on: 2nd May 2018 at 11:37 am

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