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Florence , King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls


Beck was a deeply moving book, with a sharp narrative and an evocative plot. I was intrigued by the book and was excited when I was able to read it; my excitement wasn't unjustified. My favourite feature of the book is in how much detail the characters are portrayed. The interactions between them are convincing and smooth, and their developments throughout the book, especially Beck's, are gradual but have a purpose in the plot.
Beck is about a young adult of the same name as he travels through different countries as an orphan who is mixed race. Through the actions of many characters, you are shown how racist people were in the early 1900s. He is exposed to adversities and sometimes shocking situations which jolted me as a reader, drawing me in deeper to his story. I liked, especially near the start of the book, the inclusion of Beck's thoughts as they were often quite entertaining and contrasted with what I thought about what was happening. Also, his dialogue was fitting to that character throughout the book, giving me a constant image of who he was.
It was interesting to see how Beck reacted to the varied characters throughout the book as he passed through so many different places. The imagery was evocative, so often made scenes very emotional. Beck was a gripping book with a strong plot that made me truly think about what he went through and how strong he was as a character.

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 08:07 pm

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