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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,239 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
Pete (16, ik-figuur) brengt de zomer door met nietsdoen. Op een avond belt zijn vroegere vriendin Nicole, die voorstelt met hun oude vriendengroep naar de kermis te gaan. De avond loopt uit op een nachtmerrie. Vanaf ca. 15 jaar.
Paperback, Manteau Jeugd, 228 pages
Published April 2010 (first published February 2nd 2008)
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Erica May
Mar 31, 2011 Erica May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently remembered I read this book, but forgot what it was about and such. So, I decided to venture into the reviews, which were all following some sort of status quo: vote two stars, rave about Raymond, call the rest of the book total shit, etc. However, I will have to go against this, because as soon as I remembered the plot, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and instantly said, "I really liked this book." I loved Pete as a character, maybe even more than I liked Raymond. The book was rea ...more
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Apr 30, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kevin Brooks *slow claps*.

Once again you have shoved me into a world of mystery, tugged at my fangirl feelings, played with my mind and as a result left me utterly scarred for life.

Okay, first of all, this book is so beautifully entwined together with mystery, grim themes, brilliant characters and not to mention those staggering plot twists. It was going so well. I thought I loved it. I thought this book and I had a connection. I thought wrong. I was on the last chapter, devouring each page - a
Dec 21, 2012 Rhiannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh-bad
What did I read?
Oct 30, 2013 Mistneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 question, "What is your favorite book?"


Then I discovered Black Rabbit Summer. Now, sitting in the library on my own
Sara Grochowski
Jul 16, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Title: Black Rabbit Summer
Author: Keven Brooks
Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic)
Date Published: 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Missing persons, Friendship, Growing up, Drugs and Alcohol
Pages: 488
Plot (from book jacket):
"As 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 time.
Just like old times.
Just the five of them.
Saturday night.
Nicole asked. How could Pete say no?
But the past hurts, personal histori
Simon Howard
Sep 16, 2012 Simon Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 awesome.

The 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 here.

This book might be marketed to teenagers, but the quality of the writing is ver
Oct 01, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Brooks writes. I had to make myself go to bed at 3:00am but couldn't wait to wake and finish this book. He has a way of making you turn the page and forget time...that's bad for me...I should be doing other things but I love getting lost in his works.

I have to admit...I usually hate mysteries, I'm a thriller reader, so when I saw this was down as a mystery, I was hesitate. I really didn't want to give Brooks a bad review. This book was the first mystery that kept me guessing until
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SERIOUSLY?! Perché questo romanzo non ha un seguito? Dov'è il mio finale Kevin Brooks, ah?!
Il libro mi è veramente piaciuto ma più le pagine e si assottigliavano più mi rendevo conto che scoprire la fine di Raymond era impossibile e di fatti scopriamo che fine fanno TUTTI tranne Raymond, Raymond che è il protagonista indiscusso di questa storia. Il narratore è Pete ma il protagonista è Raymond, l'unico personaggio di cui alla fine mi fregasse davvero qualcosa. Mi bastava anche una sola riga a fi
Nov 03, 2013 Luna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I fear nothing else Brooks has written will ever match the brilliance of Martyn Pig.
Nimra Shahzad
Jan 24, 2017 Nimra Shahzad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing I didn't like is that we don't find out what happened to Raymond ... However, you can easily assume what might have happened to him
Nov 15, 2013 Susi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Se cercate un libro che vi lasci un segno indelebile L'estate del coniglio nero è il libro che fa per voi. Non è il solito YA smielato, zeppo di stereotipi, ma un romanzo ricco di temi scottanti, importanti che colpiscono il lettore, lo appassionano alla storia e ai personaggi.

Era da molto tempo che non mi appassionavo così ad un libro YA Fiction Mystery con protagonista maschile, all'inizio ero titubante ma pian piano che si prosegue n
Apr 30, 2012 StefanieEmmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Brooks ist kein Unbekannter, trotzdem habe ich mit "Black Rabbit Summer" meinen ersten Brooks gelesen - es war sicher nicht der letzte.

"Aber es war kein Stofftier.
Stofftiere bluten nicht.
Ich schloss die Augen und hoffte, es würde verschwinden ... doch als ich sie wieder öffnete, war der abgeschlagene Kopf von Black Rabbit immer noch da, noch immer ans Tor geschlagen, noch immer rot tropfend im Regen."
Kevin Brooks - Black Rabbit Summer, S. 165

Pete hat den Sommer bisher gelangweil
Nataile Sams
Oct 13, 2011 Nataile Sams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Sams
English II
14 October 2011
Book Review C
Brooks, Kevin. Black Rabbit Summer. London: Puffin Books, 2008. Print.
Teenagers are exposed to temptations and peer pressure every day but it only takes one wrong decision to alter a life. These bad decisions are not evident until the consequences have already presented themselves. One wrong interpretation can led to a series of bad events and possibly, change in long-term goals. Narrated by a detective’s son, Peter Boland, Black Rabbit Summ
Sep 23, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kevin Brooks, drug-addled narrators, YA mysteries
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Saji Connor
Da quando la scuola è terminata diverse settimane prima, la vita del protagonista, l'adolescente Pete Boland, è dominata unicamente dall'apatia. Il non fare nulla è la sua parola d'ordine. Durante una di queste giornate tutte uguali, viene contattato da Nicole, che gli propone di fare una rimpatriata con gli altri ragazzi del vecchio gruppo di amici e passare una serata insieme, come ai vecchi tempi.

Come ai vecchi tempi, sì, riunirsi nel loro rifugio segreto e poi andare al luna park, magari per
Mar 02, 2016 Eccentrika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery, ce-piemme
Ho letto questo libro spinta da una grande curiosità. Le recensioni super-positive lette in rete hanno fatto la loro parte, ma anche la cover e il titolo hanno contribuito perché davano l'impressione di qualcosa di sconvolgente e torbido, e io sono attratta da libri del genere quindi mi sono lasciata prendere all'amo. In realtà è stato un libro abbastanza carino, molto (moltissimo) adolescenziale, sicuramente scorrevole e anche un po' accattivante (a tratti, non sempre) però lontano anni luce da ...more
Franci Franci
In questo romanzo si può vedere il passaggio dall'infanzia all'adolescenza-tutte le sfumature dell'adolescenza, a seconda del contesto e dell'educazione ricevuta- dove i passatempi cambiano, da innocenti a molto pericolosi, con il rischio poi di non sapere gestire le situazioni, arrivando a conseguenze drammatiche, ed è anche il periodo dove si comincia a capire chi sono i veri amici.
Protagonista è Pete, un ragazzo di 16 anni, che all'inizio dà l'impressione di essere abbastanza depresso, perché
Jun 21, 2010 Karissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2015 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro l'avevo adocchiato in libreria tempo fa e, dopo qualche mese, finalmente sono riuscita ad averlo! (Grazie alle mie amiche che me l'hanno regalato)
La trama mi ispirava davvero tanto, ma anche ciò che è scritto all'interno della copertina:

"Allora eravamo amici.
C'erano legami tra noi.
Ma allora le cose erano diverse. Noi eravamo diversi.
Eravamo bambini. Poi a poco a poco tutto era cambiato.
Il mondo diventa più grande, ci si perde di vista, gli amici di infanzia diventano
"amici che con
Dec 22, 2009 Nathalie705 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Wardrip
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It's a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood, leaving old friends behind for a future beckoning with invitations of bigger and better things to come. There is a reason we outgrow friendships. Sometimes things are better left behind.

Peter wasn't even thinking when he got the phone call; after all, it was summer. If he would have been, he'd have stuck with Raymond and let the others go on without them without looking back. As it was, nostalgia
Alice Dillon
Jun 11, 2014 Alice Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2014
First of all, let me just say that I could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings, which would have been one had it not got to around 5am at the end of the first one.

The mystery of the book is intriguing and well-constructed, and the solution very satisfying and (to me) not at all foreseen. The way that Brooks tantalisingly drops hints and clues as Pete’s drug-addled mind does its very best to comprehend everything is exciting and is a lot to do with why this book is so un-put-downabl
Yessica C
The peculiar image of four teenagers in the woods caught my attention it seemed very mysterious.The title "Black Rabbit Summer", written by one of my few favorite authors, Kevin Brooks turned out to be a decent book. Although the title is a bit of a give away of what the story is about.It does not only involve around a typical black rabbit, but the mysteriousness it holds within.

Pete is practically the only friend of Raymond. Even though the other people from their gang claim to be friends wi
Oct 04, 2008 Andreea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes weirdness
Shelves: reviewed, 10th-grade
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I read this book during the summer going into 7th grade, and it was absolutely an amazing experience. The author Kevin Brooks was able to make you drown into curiosity during this book, while you watch everyone's next move. I usually despise mystery books, with their corny plots, but this was no such thing. It put an almost sad and depressed feeling on the mystery genre of it, and you almost swayed a long with the character. i was impressed with how well written it was, able to make you realize ...more
Gaby Meares
Jun 15, 2014 Gaby Meares rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - what a cracker of a read! I picked this off our shelves at school with the intention of weeding it: it hadn't been borrowed since we got it in 2009; the cover is unappealing and, as a girls' high school, the story-line hadn't appealed to our students.
Well, I'm now a Kevin Brooks convert and will sing his praises!
His teenage characters are believable with shades of grey and not cardboard cutouts. Feeling of confusion regarding sexuality, alcohol, drugs, moral choices are eloquently voiced b
Ash Lutz
Jul 11, 2012 Ash Lutz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d never read a Kevin Brooks book before, and I’m so glad I did.

Okay, let’s not beat around the bush here. 5 stars means I really really really liked it. And that doesn’t happen a lot.

Basically, I started this book to flush the stupidness of another book out my head, and then continued to read it until I finished. It’s a mystery, which actually I didn’t know until about half way through. It’s so frustrating, and I had to stop myself from flicking to the end.

It’s about Pete. Pete’s best mate,
Wow...this book was twisted. It did take me a while to get into it though, because it was so dark and bleak. Once I finally sat down and really started to get into it, then I got so frustrated with the main character Pete. was like watching on of those B horror movies. The ones where you're screaming at the screen telling the girl who is going to get killed that the killer is right behind them. I was always on the verge of screaming at the book, screaming at Pete, for being so stupid.

Nov 27, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-books
After not having been close friends like they once were, Pete meets up with some of his past middle school friends at their old hangout spot, the den, and then decide to go to the local carnival. Although certain mysterious clues are thrown into the mix, such as Pete’s friend Raymond’s strange personality and hints at an old romance between Pete and his friend Nicole, the plot tends to focus on drinking, drugs, and alcohol. Although it would have been fine to add these elements into the scene at ...more
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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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“Friends. People you know. People you used to know. People you think you once knew, but you probably never did. You probably just knew a 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're 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.” 5 likes
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