Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dawn by Kevin Brooks

Published:November 1st 2010
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback (New)
Stars: ★ ★ ★ 

Magical realism and gritty mystery meet in Brooks's provocative dissection of family, friendship, and faith.

Dawn Bundy lives in a cave. In her head. Where she's been hiding for two years. Hiding behind headphones. From the two hottest girls at school, in their impossibly short skirts and unbearably tight tops, their skin close enough to touch. Not talking to her mother, not about what matters. Not thinking of her dad, the drug addict, the ex-con, born-again but far gone. Two years is a long time. Enough for the cave to grow so small that her breath feels like stone in her throat. Two years is no time at all. Nowhere near enough to forget. To pretend that nothing happened. Deep one perfect morning.

I've been a fan of Kevin Brooks since I was about 14 years old (give or take a year or two) and I love most of the books that I've read by him but I have to say, Dawn is by far my least favorite by Brooks so far. While I could somewhat relate to Dawn, I just really feel like this book was lacking a real solid plot and there was NO character development whatsoever. Yes it was a tragic book but at the same time, it's something that I feel can and will be easily forgotten after reading. So if you want to try out a Kevin Brooks' book, I would not recommend starting with Dawn. I personally recommend Lucas which was my first and still my favorite book by Brooks so far.

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