3 Stars or less
Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas
Ketchup Clouds- Annabel Pitcher
I read this book over Christmas one year and although the plot line of a girl with a dark secret that she can only reveal to a man on death row was interesting, the actual story itself was dull and boring.
Zoe – real name Alice, is weighed down by the guilt she shares with another boy- Aaron over his brother Max’s death. Through her letters to the death row resident- Stuart Harris a man who killed his wife and neighbour, we look back on the last year and the events that Zoe was involved in that led up to Max’s death.
But the one thing that immediately made me dislike this book is the fact that Zoe is starting her GCSE’s making her around 14/15, yet, she’s a good girl who doesn’t go to parties because of her mum not letting her, but the first time she does she makes out with Max and he takes a photo of her topless which when she finds out doesn’t do an awful lot to get rid of the photo. Zoe also drinks at all the events she attends after, which, if she is 14/15 I found disgusting and to make matters worse, Pitcher throws in Max’s older brother who is around 16/17, maybe more, who falls in love with Zoe and again, further on in the book when Zoe is still with Max, she makes out with him and first time she makes out with him, he takes off her top and bra. I know some girls today who do this but it just struck me as horrible and to be honest I found hard to read, I hate to say this about a book but I struggled to enjoy reading it. The whole ‘caught between 2 brothers’ reminded me of Blood Brothers in which a girl is also caught between 2 brothers and although Blood Brothers is a play I couldn’t help but compare the two texts.
Ketchup Clouds is written in parts, and letters. But for me it only got interesting when you got to how her secret happened, which was a whopping 267 pages into the book, and the book ends not 20 pages after.
Sadly this book hit the 1 Star ratio.
The Bunker Diary- Kevin Brooks
Bunker Diary is told through the eyes of Linus Weems, a runaway who has been kidnapped by a strange man who is not once shown in the book.
The man, who has placed Linus and 5 other people in a bunker, plays with them constantly. Raising temperature, no food, gas.
And none of them can escape and if they try, all 6 of them suffer.
The Bunker Diary is written in how it states in the title: a diary. Although I was a bit skeptical of the book at first, I soon fell for Brooks’ story. Desperately wanting all 6 of them, although some maybe less than others, to escape.
But life is never that easy though is it? Gradually you can see everyone in the bunker begin to deteriorate, even Linus’ writing deteriorates. This only furthers my want for all of them to escape. To even imagine someone in such a condition is a horrible thought. What human being wants this?
Answer; none. Well, I hope none.
However expecting the ending to be brutal and abrupt, which it is, this story is amazing and hooked me all day. It is a short story and well deserving of a read from any eager reader.
This book hit the 2 Star ratio