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3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  694 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Magical realism and gritty mystery meet in Brooks's provocative dissection of family, friendship, and faith. "A tense psychological thriller...hard-hitting."--Publishers Weekly Dawn Bundy lives in a cave. In her head. Where's she's been hiding for two years. Hiding behind headphones. From the two hottest girls at school, in their impossibly short skirts and unbearably tigh ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2009)
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Why do I keep reading books by Kevin Brooks when I always feel ticked off by the end? Could it be the covers, appealing as hard-Candy? Is it the promising cover-leaf descriptions? Am I Being a sucker for marketing? Every time I get done with one his titles, I feel a bit cheated and a bit muddled, as if I've taken a turn down Road Of The Dead-ends. When will it Killing God on me that I just don't like what he does? [This last sentence would work better if I could have easily inserted 'Dawn,' inst ...more
Katie Bob
Jun 13, 2011 Katie Bob rated it it was amazing
Because I was sexually abused as a child, this book made me think about some past memories. I spent nights crying myself to sleep feeling aweful. This being said, reading Dawn is more like an adventure through the darkest corners of one's mind. The reader must be prepared for great writing, but also great hardship if any kind of abuse (especially sexual) is in his or her past.
I really enjoyed this book; obviously it was written for people younger than myself but I think the younger me would have given it 4 or 5 stars. The narrator is a believable teenage girl and the story is good, with a lot of action at the end.
Hannah Rodgman
Apr 05, 2016 Hannah Rodgman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book even if it was majorly depressing and nothing like the novels I would normally read.

It tells the story of Dawn, a 15 year old who has every right to hate God even if she doesn't believe He exists. Two years previously Dawn's father becomes a born again Christian, after that he is obsessed with God and Christ and this then ruins Dawn's life.

It was heart aching and terrifying to see how something can change somebody's personality. It was real. Really real. The trauma D
Jun 15, 2014 Claude rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeugdboek van Kevin Brooks. Hoe vermoord je iets wat niet bestaat? Interessant uitgangspunt :) Het is een donker boek waarin een puber een miserabel bestaan leidt. De muzikale rode draad komt van The Jesus and Mary Chain (hun nummers vormen de titel van de hoofdstukjes)- een groep die mij in de jaren tachtig fel interesseerde omwille van hun licht fantastische 'Psychocandy'. Het boek balanceert tussen fascinerend en onnozel; zo heten Dawn's (hoofdpersonage) honden, Jezus en Maria... dus krijg je ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to be so critical but I don't think there was a single thing I liked about Dawn. I really can't think of one thing right now. It just wasn't a book for me, I guess.

Dawn is the story of a fifteen-year-old girl named Dawn Bundy. She lives with her mother because her father disappeared over two years ago. Ever since then Dawn just hangs out by herself or with her two dogs, Jesus and Mary. She doesn't know why her dad disappeared but she does know that he wasn't the same dad anymore and that
May 02, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older YA & Adults
Shelves: books-i-own
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Jenni Frencham
Dawn lives an odd life. She has no friends to speak of, wears old, shabby clothes, but has the largest television and computer set up of anyone in her class. She helps her mom by cleaning the house and purchasing groceries, using money she finds in a duffel bag under a floorboard in her mom's room. And they never talk about where the money came from or why her dad left suddenly two years ago, until two of Dawn's "friends" from school come to her house, curious about her flat-screen TV. Suddenly, ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Tanja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, review
>>Diese Rezension und viele mehr findet ihr auch hier:

Dawn könnte ein ganz gewöhnlicher Teenager sein. Sie könnte. Dass sie es nur auf ihre Art ist und nicht ganz in das Bild eines Teenagers passt, das die Allgemeinheit erwartet, hat sie Gott zu verdanken. Zumindest ist es das, was sie glauben will. Denn zu sagen, dass ihr eigener Vater sie vergewaltigt hat, weil er von jetzt auf gleich regelrecht besessen von Gott und der Bibel war, würde all das irgendwie
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Dawn Bundy has set out to kill God. She is not exactly sure how to go about it, but she is sure it's the only answer.

Two years ago her father disappeared. It's not that it was a terrible loss. He was a drunken drug addict and pretty worthless as far as she could tell. However, since he disappeared her mother has fallen apart. She spends her time in front of the TV usually drunk and zoned out on her antidepressant meds.

Dawn goes to s
I don't know what to say about this book.

1) Brooks NAILS the voice. Perfectly. However (and this sounds horrible considering all the stuff she went through), I couldn't say if I liked Dawn and I wasn't sure that I really liked any of the characters. That's not to say that I don't like books with characters who do horrible things or aren't particularly sympathetic. However, this book needed sympathetic characters to power the plotline - even the main character(s) were underdeveloped and uninteres
May 19, 2012 Hiroto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killing God, by Kevin Brooks is about a fifteen-year-old girl called Dawn Bundy. She lives with her mother in an ordinary house in a town in England. Dawn tends to not care of she is attractive or not, and mainly stays alone in her room with her two dogs Mary and Jesus. These consequences happened because her dad left by loving too much drugs, alcohol and mostly God. Now she hates God.

The reason why I picked up this book from the library was because the author was Kevin Brooks. Having to read hi
Feb 22, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kevin Brooks fans
Shelves: youngadult, 2010read
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 24, 2011 Wisteriouswoman rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I stopped reading books by several other English authors because I couldn't get into the heads of the main teen characters and understand their world. Unlike those, this is in clear English rather than dialect. The voice of Dawn really held my attention. Even though there are things going on like drugs and alcohol addiction I felt separated from it by seeing everything through her eyes and relating to her coping mechanism. Since I don't smoke or drink I find it disgusting but she was o ...more
Michelle. D.
I kinda guessed what happened to her when she was thirteen and she started to mention that her dad was drunk a lot.
So, I guess the book was alright. It was pretty dark in comparison to other books. The main character, Dawn, is a fifteen year old girl who lives with her mother and take cares of herself. She is known as the loner-lesbian girl even though she doesn not know if she is one(fore she has enever found any guys attractive). She reads the Bible a lot knowing that God is not real and decid
Brian Regan
Dawn is a gritty, kind of harsh, but very realistic look at the life of an ordinary girl whose life has gone off the rails a bit. Dawn's father has been gone for 2 years, after a long decline into drugs and alcohol. Her mother has shut down and spends her days drinking and watching the TV with glazed eyes. They've been surviving on disability payments and the duffel bag of cash they found under the bed after Dad disappeared.

Dawn keeps very much to herself, focusing on her dogs (Jesus and Mary),
Noel Thompson
Nov 30, 2015 Noel Thompson rated it it was amazing
I think this was a great book. As soon as i started reading it i couldn't stop. Each event seemed to explain itself later in the book and every chapter something new was revealed. The author explained that she had locked herself away from her problems and finally decided that she couldn't anymore. This book was overall really good
Jul 22, 2015 Eline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was terrible. It was kind of good.

It was so different from the Bunker Diary. So incredibly, incredibly different. It made me feel very different things, too. And you know how I always say that a book is good when it makes you feel something.

I just...
I can't with this one.
What do I even say about this.

I need to read more Kevin Brooks, asap.
This was quite sad and mysterious. I love Kevin Brooks and i have only read three books from him. This one is my first book from him that is from a girls perspective. I personally enjoy Kevin's writing more from a boys perspective. This was a bewildering book. When i was 2 chapters in, i was thinking how strange this character was. I was questioning the motives of the main character. And even now that i am finished i am still full of questions. And its only fair that i leave you with questions t ...more
The BookWhisperer
May 30, 2011 The BookWhisperer rated it it was ok
This is a very unqiue story about a young girl that lives in a cave within her own mind. Her choice for a cave was due to her attempts to withdrawal to a place that no one would want to be. A place where she would be safe from everything and everyone that surrounds her. This story carries incredibly dark thinking that I found to be a hard read. The reference to God, and her attempts to find him for her own purposes was incredibly twisted. Being that I am a firm Christian believer this was a diff ...more
Caleigh Riddell
Dec 03, 2015 Caleigh Riddell rated it it was amazing
I highly recomemend this book to my friend and family. I think everyone should read this book cause it was soo good. It has lots of twists in the beginning middle and end of the book. So i loved this book alot. This is now my favorite book now. So in highly recommend it to others.
Bekah Crozier
This book is about a teenage girl named Dawn, that likes to keep to herself in her own quiet world. She doesn't consider herself to be pretty, and doesn't have too many friends. Her current family reality is an alcoholic mother and a father that disappeared 2 years ago. Her father however, left behind a significant amount of money and Dawn has always wondered why.
All of a sudden, two of the popular girls from her school, Taylor and Mel,start to pay her some attention. Dawn proceeds with caution
Aug 25, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, abuse, murder
15-year-old Dawn Bundy:
lives with her alcoholic mom,
contemplates killing God,
and is a loner.

13-year-old Dawn Bundy:
lives inside the cave in her,
is trying to suppress her memories of sexual abuse
and is trying to forgive her abuser.

Dawn struggles to forget, all the while remembering. She misses her dad who has disappeared and worries about a mom who is increasingly dependent on drugs. Dad's shady dealings come back to haunt them when Lee Harding, a convicted felon, is snooping around for some
Apr 11, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yafiction
Published as "Killing God" in the UK, "Dawn" is the story of a fifteen-year-old girl who essentially hides a "secret self" inside of her: the girl she was at the age of 13, when her father disappeared.

Living with her alcoholic/drug-addicted mother, Dawn is responsible for the both of them, as well as her dogs, Jesus and Mary. Interspersed with song lyrics, Dawn tells her story, carefully avoiding any thoughts or input from her thirteen-year-old self.

When two of the popular girls from her school
Sep 29, 2011 Brittany rated it it was ok
So I thought I might have a different opinion from everyone else on this book. But sadly I do not. I like Kevin Brooks he's a good author, but this book bored me. I thought the two popular girls had a totally different reason for trying to get Dawn to be their friend and all, but it was an entirely different reason than what I expected. Dawn was a boring character. The whole cave inside her head idea had a purpose and all, but it wasn't really some mystery or anything. This story just bored me a ...more
YA hapiness
Sep 13, 2014 YA hapiness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Brooks has done it again! Just read it! If you liked the style of his other books then I strongly recommend this one.
Captain Jacq
Apr 24, 2011 Captain Jacq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Brooks is one of my favorite authors for getting into the nitty gritty of a teenager's life. Dawn's father disappeared two years ago and her mother is pretty much a walking zombie. The thirteen year old Dawn from two years ago lives in a cave inside fifteen year old Dawn's head. Now, the two hottest girls in school are paying attention to her and she's trying to find a way to kill God. The original title in England was "Killing God". You really get an idea of what Dawn is going through and ...more
Jessica Leigh
Wow, Mel & Taylor really suck. Sorry, that bomb they dropped on Dawn was a little too much for me.
Mar 06, 2013 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-dutch
Dood aan God is een prachtig rauw portret van een door verslaving en incest verscheurd gezin, zonder valse emoties, zonder zo zwaar te zijn dat je er als lezer depressief van wordt. (Het is hier en daar zelfs (zoals altijd), gekruid met absurde humor, zoals de verklaring over de benaming van haar hondjes)
Eenmaal begonnen met lezen laat het verhaal je niet meer los. Zoals alle Kevin Brooks boeken, een indrukwekkende coming-of-ageroman over een jong meisje dat worstelt met zichzelf, haar omgeving
Apr 07, 2010 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-book
"My name is Dawn Bundy
I'm thirteen years old."
These lines recur in this psychological novel about a loner who listens constantly to the Jesus and Mary Chain, whose only friends are her two Dachshunds Jesus and Mary and who wants to kill God because she blames God for letting her father rape her. Her father disappeared two years ago after he abused her and since then her mother has done nothing but drink, pop pills and watch television. When two tough girls start trying to be friends, she knows t
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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 ...more
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