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Nayantara, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls


'Beck' by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff is a heart wrenching read that takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The story does not sugar coat that harsh experiences that Beck faces- which makes it all the more compelling to read.
Before reading this book, I was slightly apprehensive of reading it due to it's age restriction. However, after reading the book itself- the parts that were deemed as '16+' provided the reader with a huge sense of understanding towards the protagonist - and in some cases, needed to be said/written in order to convey the chilling reality Beck faced.
Despite being written by two authors (as sadly Mal Peet passed away before the book was finished) there is no obvious point in which the book switches writing styles - and had I not been aware of the circumstances, I would not have realised.
I honestly really enjoyed this book, and any qualms I had about it before reading it, instantly vanished. Yes, there are mature themes dealt with in this book- however it is a fantastic book for anyone who prefers more realistic and genuine novels rather than your typical 'happy go lucky' story (though those are just as good :) )
Overall, a really good book that has an incredibly powerful story to tell.

Posted on: 4th April 2017 at 07:25 pm

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