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Black Rabbit Summer Thoughtful Pete tough Pauly twins Eric and Nicole strange Raymond As kids they were tight; now they've grown up and apart They agree to get together one last time but twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals old jealousies surface The party's soon over and the group splinters off into the night Into the noise and heat and chaos of the carnival Days later a girl goes missing The prime suspect in her disappearance One of their own one of the old gang Pete doesn't know what to believe Could one of his childhood friends really be a cold blooded killer Title Black Rabbit SummerAuthor Keven BrooksPublisher Chicken House ScholasticDate Published 2008Genre Young AdultMain Themes Missing persons Friendship Growing up Drugs and AlcoholPages 488Plot from book jacketAs kids they were tight Now they've grown up and apart Before going their separate ways for good they decide to get together one last timeJust like old timesJust the five of themSaturday nightNicole asked How could Pete say no?But the past hurts personal histories soon surface and the party's over The group splinters off into the darkness Into the noise and heat and chaos of the summer carnivalDays later a girl goes missing And each of them is a suspect in her disappearance Pete doesn't know what to believe Could one of their own one of the old gang be a killer?I want to start out by mentioning that I usually don't read books narrated by guys I don't really know why but usually I just don't feel as connected to the novel That said Black Rabbit Summer might be one of my favorite books It was absolutely stunning There was just something so ridiculously deep about it It might have been the narrator or Brooks himself but this book simply shines It wasn't what I expected really it was much than the jacket description lets on I related to the characters in this book so well I could see each and every character as someone from my life someone I went to school with The plot involves a bit of a mystery and I honestly had no clue how it would be resovled There were clues at first but I had no clue how it would all end up fitting together Here is a uote that I read then went back and reread because I loved it so much Page 404As I stepped over to the den and crept through the door I wondered if that's what it was all about Friends People you know People you used to know People you think you once knew but you probably never did You probably knew just part of them the part of them that was your friend And the rest the parts of them that you didn't know the twisted parts the untrue parts the parts you are seeing now well back then you just ignored them But now you can't Because now you can see it all and now you know that back then wasn't all wonderful and innocent It was just a time and a place just like every other time and place The only difference now is that the things the people that belonged to the old time and place aren't here any and things that aren't here any don't hurt any The only things that hurt are the things that hurt right nowRatings out of 10Plot 10Characters 10Writing style 10Romance 10Originality 10Total 5050 AI loved this book READ IT I will definitely be looking into Kevin Brooks' previous books Lucas Candy Being The Road of the Dead and I've heard that Lucas is really amazing as well Picked up on a whim from a charity shop in the smallest historic county in England I think I assumed this would be Chris Brookmyre Colin Bateman in nature than it was When it came to add the book to my TBR list a couple of days later I realised I'd read a Kevin Brooks previously 'Kiss The Rain' and I'd not really enjoyed it I was conseuently pessimisticIt wasn't as bad as anticipated The novel follows a sixteen year old lad and the fall out from a drinkdrug addled night at the fair with friends after which a local celebrity is found dead and the narrator's odd mate goes missing The plot kept me interested and keen to read on and there were many moments where I found the young man's POV convincing as well as some of the complexities of teenage relationships But perhaps it would have been enjoyable had the story been written by a different author I found some of the reminders of how mixed up it feels to be sixteen made for uncomfortable reading I wasn't wholly on board with some of the twists and unconvincing behaviour of the characters at times It also stylistically felt a bit too YA for my tastes Ever since I was a fifth grader I read a book that changed my life That book was Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith A sci fi twist of emotion adventure and surprise I laughed I cried I changed for the better as a person I must have read and reread it a million times Whatever Amazingly all my life until now my junior year this was the response to the oh so rarely asked uestion What is your favorite book? Then I discovered Black Rabbit Summer Now sitting in the library on my own I tended to be rather curious about anything with a cover and a spine and words printed into yellowing pages I surf endlessly through the YA Section looking for something to get my hands on At first a book that caught my eye was Kissing the Rain by the author Kevin Brooks I didn't hesitate to pick it up because a the title sounded awesome b the summary sounded awesomer and c the cover art was twice as awesome and told me this was to be a memorable kind of novel And a few shelves down I found another book by the same author much thicker and with a rather somber and straightforward cover of four teenagers Summary looked okay The title sounded freaking epic So I shoved it under my arm because why not Okay so I never ever will ever regret that I read this book because DAMN did I ever enjoy itSince The Fault in Our Stars Cryptid Hunters and David Copperfield this is honestly the best book I have ever read Number #2 on the chart tops It was fantastic mystifying spooky thrilling enticing Oh wow       I was up all night reading under my covers with that clumsy iPod flashlight and by the time I finished it it was 3 AM and I was a cross between shocked amazed and blown away Wow Just Wow    The star's going out tonight Raymond said uietly     I stared at him What?     He looked at me his eyes pale and glassy Black Rabbit he whispered That's what he said this afternoon the star's going out tonight       Unlike any thriller I have read by far the plot weaves in and out of mystery suspense and absolute horror It's unusual and a new brand of spooky a psychological kind of fear Basically it's about a worn out group of teenagers who have been friends for what seems like ages and as the years pass by it seems that they have grown distant Pete is our protagonist and for once I absolutely love the protagonist Pete is so damn honest he is beyond honest About everything His feelings His fury His suspicions He observes everything with wariness but not with the naivety other characters do Brooks brought in not only an intelligent perspective host but intriguing suspense and mystery through the eyes of such a character I was in awe of the way the story unraveled     Now Raymond is another character I will shed some light upon He has this one rabbit with black fur whom he loves immensely This is our little king of the mysteries Black Rabbit Black Rabbit is something of a phenomenal creation and can communicate with Raymond according to his claims But to the ordinary onlooker Black Rabbit is just Black Rabbit Raymond though  is strange uiet and a mystery too  And of course he was a rejectThere was a party Okay No A reunion gathering of the five friends Pete and Ray Nicole and Eric And Pauly Goddamn Pauly and oh boy there was Wes Campell who is like a cross between Jason and Slim Shady The lethal antagonist of the book or so it seemed at first   But Raymond it was because of him I felt an aching gaping spot in my chest by the end of the bookThere really is no antagonist not reallyThere is no central enemy nothing to fight but themselves and their guilt ridden souls The party was over as fast as it started They went off into the carnival separated It was dark and the lights of the tilt a whirl and the roar of the roller coaster raised their senses up a notch  It was an accident It wasn't meant to happen Nobody saw it coming It was a mean joke It was an emotional overload And it ended with murder drenched in cold blood And now it's either one of them the five of them that are suspected of the deathSo the book deals with media It deals with violence With drugs With pain With anger With sexual dilemmas With the whole coming of age breaking out of the walnut shell raw kind of agony that breaks your soul And oh My God Was it a thrill of a horror book Some would call it mystery Judging from the shivers it gives you past midnight under the covers it's definitely something in the fear sparking genreGod The feels of this novel were awesome Not very fair fulfilling or satisfactory but right in that weird little trigger in your nerve cells that leave you with a book hangover for the rest of the dayFrom the first page I was pulled in And yeah The rest of the day was spent forcing myself to tear away from the book to care to my bodily needs  I was befuddled in the end around 4 in the morning So many uestions left unanswered The case was amazing a total shock to the conscience of the bookworm I'm probably going to reread it I needed a few days to recover after this baby so if you have overdue library books waiting for you after this I suggest you save it for a time you're ready to experience the full on power of Brook's unbelievable crime fiction5 full stars No uestions asked This book is a coming of age crime thriller for teenagers I'm not a teenager and I'm not really a fan of thrillers This book isn't for me And yet I thought it was awesomeThe plot centres around of group of friends in their mid teens As with any decent thriller there's sex booze drugs and missing people I've often said that moral ambiguity is the key to any good story and you'll find that in abundance hereThis book might be marketed to teenagers but the uality of the writing is very high better than most thrillers I've read that are aimed at adults It cleverly interweaves a genuinely thrilling mystery with neat social commentary and acutely observed humour centred around the teenager parent relationship The plot is of it's time it's only four years old and many of the references are already dated but the themes are timeless rich versus poor stereotypes versus reality childhood versus adulthoodThere's a brilliant thread of hallucinations and psychiatric disturbance that runs through this novel and there are key plot points to explain it I mention this only because it demonstrates that this book deals with complex concepts and uses really uite advanced literary techniues to make its points It might be for teenagers but there's no sense here of writing down to them And it doesn't pull punchesOne of the most remarkable aspects of Black Rabbit Summer is the extraordinary and memorable ending Of all the novels I've read lately this has the strongest ending And again it's not an ending you might expect from a book aimed at teensI didn't particularly relish reading this but it completely surpassed my expectations It is a teen novel but that just means it's easy to read It's a narratively tight well written gripping novel I'd recommend it to anyone I thought I was going to like this book the first three hundred pages or so Sure the narrator isn't exactly likeable but he makes you want to keep reading in the hope of finding out what happens to his best friend Raymond The book makes you think this is what it's actually about However it becomes much centered around all its little rabbit trails pun intended Stella Eric and Campbell Nic etc Not only does the entire direction of the book shift none of my uestions are remotely answered What happens to Raymond? Who kills his rabbit? Is the man with the mustache real and if so what does he have to do with anything? Why does Stella threaten Pete? Why is Pete depressed and does it actually matter? Early on I had this idea that Pete and Raymond might be the same person and the whole purpose of this book is Pete's discovery of that but if this is the case it is muddled entirely The final pages cannot really be called an ending All of it seems pointless Interesting little book but I really didn't like Brooks' choppy flat writing style On the bright side I thought the characters in Black Rabbit Summer were really original 4 starsRTC I need to process my feelings Wow Just when I thought something good would come out from this book it went straight from being average to zero Here's the thing when you write about a certain character a large portion of it you expect the reader to care about the particular character Well for me at least I did I cared for Raymond The rest of the character? Brooks could have written about them getting into a car accident and died And I still wouldn't give a crap about them Because I like the way Brooks describe Raymond as a friend the only friend to Pete That was the main factor that kept me glued to the book The whole point of reading further was to find out WHAT REALLY HAPPEN TO RAYMOND? But no it went circling around between the cops and pete back to the fortune teller talking to a black rabbit hearing whispering raymond back to the fair Pete's annoying desire of wanting to do nothing but stare at his bedroom ceiling i think i've never been annoyed by a character as worst as pete The next thing I know the whole mystery was dedicated to his old friends foolishness Which I didn't even find it interesting whatever the hell the Kidnap Ransom planning that they were involved in Secret Blackmail Kidnap Booze Lust Stupid Accident All that combined Death And yet still nothing about Raymond That is when the whole book starts losing its charm Oh the 'best' part was they dismissed Raymond the only character i cared for How could they just dismissed him like that from the book when clearly most of the time missing Raymond is always top on Pete's agenda? Maybe Raymond was abducted Maybe he just ran away Maybe he's still out there somewhere Maybe he's still alive I don't know Of course you don't know Pete that's the whole point of a mystery book You're suppose to unfold the mystery that's been lingering around this missing person Black Rabbit Summer got me started but it definitely got me disappointed too Coming of age and friendship warp together with a dark mystery subplot in this YA novel It's a good summer read as its title says

About the Author: Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter Devon England He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983 Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including musician gasoline station attendant crematorium handyman civil service clerk hot dog vendor at the London Zoo post office clerk and railway ticket office

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