Saturday, 1 October 2011

Naked by Kevin Brooks (Young Adult)

6th October 2011, Penguin
400 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Young Adult

Themes: hippy life, good girl turns bad, being in a band, life in the 1970's, finding love and friendship, being fearful, family, content has lots of strong language, substance abuse (alcohol, drugs) and adult relationships

Summary by Puffin
London 1976: Teenagers Lili and Curtis are living the punk dream - playing out their romance as members of 'Naked', Curtis's up-and-coming band. But when enigmatic Belfast boy - William Bonney - joins on guitar, Lili finds herself increasingly drawn to him. 

As Billy the Kid's dark past is revealed, Lili finds she is caught up in more than just the fame-game. 

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Lili...I liked her more than expected, considering her lifestyle. Her voice was captivating and she cares for people around her. 

How evil/nasty is the enemy? Whether you pick the substances made by man or the very unsavoury men Lili encounters, both are as evil as each other in the effects they have on all they touch. 

Are there lots of plot twists and surprises? I got quite shocked at the turn of events, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in an 'Am I reading this correctly?' way. 

One of my favourite parts was....the end, which is emotional and you can feel the love Lili has for those she holds dear. 

This book gets 9/10, it isn't the kind I usually read, not with the strong content, but it was captivating and showing me a glimpse of a world I have no experience in. 

Suggested read
Try the remarkably fun read, Rockaholic by C J Skuse, where an obsessed fan kidnaps her idol by accident. 

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