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3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
From the moment Ben Chapman ( 'Hoodie' to the other Shady Boys) crashes out of school, determined never to return and, incidentally, seeking his revenge on the school's drug dealer by stealing and concealing his stash in his trousers on the way out, you know that this is a boy to whom caution and reticence are alien concepts. Outwardly, he maintains that all he wants is a ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 28th 2009 by Authorhouse
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Aug 12, 2012 Bookworm rated it really liked it
Reading Hoodie was both entertaining and difficult. Taking place in West London the summer after school lets out, the story centers on a group of boys, Ben, Mo, Luca and Dave. The boys call themselves the "Shady Boys" after Eminem's release of "The Real Slim Shady".
These kids hang out, drink and smoke pot; sometimes by themselves, sometimes with females. Ben a.k.a. Hoodie is just sixteen years old and is being raised by his mother. The Shady Boys attend Paddington Comprehensive school and
Ami Blackwelder
May 14, 2012 Ami Blackwelder rated it really liked it
`Brendon Lancaster author of Hoodie has emerged out of London...well, first Paddington, then Fulham, then East London and now Palmers Green, North London. His first novel was inspired by his own personal struggles growing up in London and the difficulties surrounding the youth today, his simple yet authentic portrayal of the main character of his novel has a wide appeal. His careful skills of observation with a hint of imagination helped him to create many of the characters.

Having read his novel
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Mar 26, 2012 Hot Stuff Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, english

This novel is a stand alone book. I have to thank the author who gave me a free e-copy of his novel.

Writing a review can sometimes be difficult, not because the novel is bad, but because it's ont your usual read and you like it nevertheless.

It's about drugs, it's about crime, it's about life and it's about characters with flaws. I love characters with flaws and even if I can't relate to Ben, the author gives him a voice worth the read.

Also, the author's wr
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
Mar 23, 2012 Julie(Reading By The Beach) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I honestly don't even know where to begin. There are so many aspects of Hoodie that I could talk about, but I really, really don't want to give a single detail away because it will ultimately subtract from the readers experience.

So, what can I say? Well, for one, Hoodie is a book that I found highly enjoyable. There are so many different things occurring that it's hard to point out just one tiny detail to focus on. We get to delve into Ben's inner psyche which is often philosophical, borderline
Nov 26, 2012 Lainy rated it liked it
Time Taken To Read - Dipped in and out for 9 days

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From the moment Ben Chapman ( 'Hoodie' to the other Shady Boys) crashes out of school, determined never to return and, incidentally, seeking his revenge on the school's drug dealer by stealing and concealing his stash in his trousers on the way out, you know that this is a boy to whom caution and reticence are alien concepts. Outwardly, he maintains that all he wants is a job, his own money and to follow his heart towards the gir
Feb 09, 2012 Cath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben, alias Hoodie, has finally passed his GCSE-exams and (according to him) will never go back to school.
Summer can start and he steals drugs from the local dealer Papa Tee. Now he and his friends will have money to buy some new stuff.
Ben wants to be independent and is looking for a job. He is full of confidence, but unfortunately his best friend, Mo, doesn’t share his feeling.
He meets old Joe, a man who lives on the street, who tells him he will have a special life, because he has simian lines
Apr 24, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I find it hard to articulate my thoughts for Hoodie because it is such a realistic portrayal of youths of today. Reviewing this story is like commenting on someone’s life choices, you can say all you want but would you have done so differently if you were in his shoes? Hoodie may not suit everyone’s tastes but it is a poignant story offering deep insights into the hardships that modern teenagers face.

Hoodie is essentially a coming of age story about a young man, Ben or better known as Hoodie and
Mar 08, 2012 Valentina rated it really liked it
This book should be assigned reading during the last year of middle school, as kids are about to be overwhelmed by teenage years in high school.
Ben, the protagonist, is one of those complex characters that makes it very hard for the reader to make up her mind about. I found myself wavering between really liking him, enjoying his strength, his personality, to wanting to smack him in the head. These are the best kinds of characters. The ones that behave like real people. Joe is another great chara
Billy Bob
Aug 26, 2013 Billy Bob rated it really liked it
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Our readers thought the following:

STORY/STYLE - Of the 20 readers who read your book, 14 of them thoroughly enjoyed it. They described it as 'gritty' and often 'shocking' with a fantastic (and surprising) ending. They also enjoyed the London setting and the jargon of the characters. They felt your strongest point was the author's ability to work with dialogue.

'A gritty, coming-of-age novel, powerfully written by this talented, new
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 18, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
"Superbly Authentic"

I am really struggling to know where to start the discussion about this book, as it stirred so many strong emotions that my allegiances and sympathies constantly shifted back and forth, until I found myself completely 'sitting on the fence'.

At times I just wanted to put my arms around Ben, let him pour out all his worries and troubles, then help to set him on a hopefully more fulfilling and worthwhile path. Then he would do something so crass and thoughtless, that I just want
Benoit Lelievre
After discussion with the author, I'm going to pass on a review or on any form of judgment here. Sometimes, not doing anything is doing what best. I just didn't felt I could write a review that would both do the content justice and give the writer accurate and original information. I'm keeping Brendon Lancaster on my radar, though.
Feb 28, 2012 Kathy rated it it was ok
This book wasn't for me. I had a hard time relating to the main character and his friends. I'll be reviewing this book on soon - stay tuned!
Jun 26, 2015 Fiona rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I didn’t love Hoodie. It was a book that intrigued me, but didn’t impress me. There’s not much else to say.
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I live in London, where I juggle full time work with being a husband, father and early morning fitness fanatic.

Writing, whether it be poems, articles, letters, short stories or full blown novels, is what I do to escape into a world of self-indulgent fantasy, where I can create, enhance and delete whatever thoughts and feelings I have – where no rules exist other than those I choose to follow. And
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