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Salma, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls


This was my last book on the shortlist to read, and there was a lot of controversy surrounding it regarding the child abuse scene. However, I think it was necessary to include that scene in that much detail to emphasise the hardship Beck goes through and the horrors he sees throughout the book.

‘Beck’ brought my attention to many issues which are still present today, such as racism and child abuse, as well as making me think about what home truly means and what makes someone who they are. I felt that the plot was well thought out, except that I found the ending a bit rushed, but still unexpected. ‘Beck’ was not a wholly enjoyable book due to the bluntness of the writing style and the horrible things that happen to Beck throughout, but it was certainly one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books on the shortlist.

I would recommend to anyone over 13, but strongly heed the 16+ rating coming with the book, as you would need to be rather mature to read some parts.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 07:33 pm

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