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3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,245 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
A is for Apple. A bad apple.? Jack has spent most of his life in juvenile institutions, to be released with a new name, new job, new life. At 24, he is utterly innocent of the world, yet guilty of a monstrous childhood crime. To his new friends, he is a good guy with occasional flashes of unexpected violence. To his new girlfriend, he is strangely inexperienced and unreach ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 5th 2008 by Ailantus (first published May 1st 2004)
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Nancy
May 22, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancy by: Mariel
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

If I hadn’t come across Mariel's review, I’d probably never have found out about this chilling story. To my surprise, it won multiple literary awards and was adapted to film. I really need to get out from under my rock more often.

Boy A is Jack, newly released from prison for the brutal killing of a young girl. He was a child himself when the crime occurred. Now he is 24 years old and trying to adjust to a world that has passed him by while he was imprisoned.

This story
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Mariel
Jun 19, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mobs
Recommended to Mariel by: the movie
This isn't a spoiler tag but a longwinded tag. (I'm embarrassed tag.)

Words are not my first emotional language. I'll think without words and later try to come up with some that fit what I was feeling, if enough of it sticks by me through the thickness and thinness. The way I understand (assuming I understand what I believe I understand) things is feeling out what people mean based on whatever I can get out of posture, tone, facial movements, eyes that don't smile, spaces between words and silen
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Mike Puma
Sep 10, 2010 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2010
Sometimes, award committees get it right—often they don’t. The Pulitzer committee may leave you puzzled; the Caldecott or Newbery committees do what they must to arrive at some sort of consensus (often the lack of consensus is apparent in the staggering number of Honor books they also award). With Boy A, the 2004 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 2005 Waverton Good Read Award committees got it right.

Told with a relentless dread, the novel presents the story of a damaged youth (Boy A) as a steady
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Jasmine
Aug 30, 2008 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone on the planet
Shelves: british
Okay I went back and took stars off some of my other reviews because this is one of those pieces of art that reminds you that most people are not hitting the ideal. Yes art is subjective, but somethings seem to just have something special that other pieces don't have. This is one of those pieces. Out of five stars I give it 7 and 1/2.

This book has a format that makes it flow. Instead of a few long chapters there are a lot of short chapters named for the letters of the alphabet such as A is for
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Ivana
Jul 27, 2016 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upotrebiću reč, koju sam videla da je neko napisao na poleđini ove knjige, fantastično.
Ako niste, obavezno pogledajte i film. Recenzija sledi.
Recenzija je najzad na blogu
http://thestuffdreamsaremadeof21.blog...
Amanda
Hello there FEELINGS, how are you today?

I was ready to give this two stars until the 50% mark. The story moved along a little too slowly for me, a little too haphazardly. Sure, the characters were, maybe great isn't the right word, but intriguing. Ever so intriguing. Still, I thought, this will probably two stars. Man, was I wrong.

Boy A will be on my top reads of 2015. I'm considering bumping up my rating to five stars. Because that last half. Emotions. Scattered all over the place. I'm not sor
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Viki Johnson
It was an interesting idea. Sort of, though the author denied it, based on the murder of Jamie Bulger in the early 1990s by two young teenagers. Was their horrific crime nature or nurture, can imprisonment really be the best way to deal with the actions of a child. I really wanted this book to provide some thoughtful and deep insight in what he imagined had happened, and what it might be like to emerge from prison, entering as a young boy, leaving as a man? I was hugely disappointed. It was an e ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Jan 21, 2014 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a book! A heart rending story of a young man released from prison after a horrendous crime (did he do it or not?) and how he copes with life outside. The way the book is written - with sections set in the past - made sure the reader gradually became aware of Jack's past and the actual crime. I liked the background info, I like the labelling of the chapters, I liked the different points of view. I did feel though that Jack had a voice beyond his years. Yes, his manner was of a boy who'd only ...more
Lindsay
"Given the challenging subject matter, Boy A is a surprisingly easy book to read. Jonathan Trigell's prose is literary, poetic in places, always compelling and never obstructive. Jack, the Boy A of the title, is the central figure of the book but throughout its 26 chapters, Trigell explores the lives of the people around him, from those who helped shape him into the man he is at the novel's beginning, and those he meets during his new life outside prison. Jack is an immensely sympathetic charact ...more
Jackie Molloy
Apr 17, 2013 Jackie Molloy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It mirrors the tragic story of Jamie Bulger. We meet Jack as he is released back in to society secretly after spending all his young life in institutions and prisons. He is supported by the child like faith his support officer, Terry, has in him to be a functioning member of society. Everything is difficult for Jack as he hasn’t had a life yet and he suddenly has a freedom to experience what for others are ordinary things. Of course, inevitably events catch up with him and through the unrelentin ...more
Kelly
Oct 10, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be the only person who really didn't like this book. There were so many technical problems and other instances of "bad writing" that it seems like no one edited it. For example, the author changed his point of view too often, putting us in the minds of unnecessary characters (like Elizabeth, the psychologist) and not enough in Jack's mind for me to get very involved in his story. The book is full of cliches and metaphors that are unbelievable coming from someone who's spent his whole l ...more
Rianne
Dec 07, 2015 Rianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aine
You know those books that stay with you. Days after you've finished them. When work interupts your reading time and you have to leave a protagonist terrified in his prison cell. I knew this book was going to get under my skin by the second chapter, and not really in that good way with characters you love. It's a mark of the excellent storytelling and character creation that I just couldn't put it down.

Boy A tells the story of a child murderer and his eventual release from prison under new identi
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Ryan Robinson
Mar 01, 2015 Ryan Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy A by Jonathan Trigell

Book review by Ryan Robinson

Why I decided to read the book?

Don't judge a book by its cover? Oops. I did. It was good choice though, because the cover to me was simple yet effective, interesting and cool. The picture reminded me of Blackpool in England, because I have seen Blackpool on documentaries and football shows a lot of times, and it looked like a cool place with its attractions. I decided to read Boy A, because it was different to most of the books I usually read.
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Stacy Fetters
Jun 28, 2015 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you go on from being charged with a crime you might not have committed?
An alphabetically chaptered story about Boy A aka Jack and his partner in crime Boy B who materializes further into the book.
You live and you learn. Serve your time and try to set up something better.
With each chapter you get fed the present and the past. Trying to lead you up to the events of the present, why Jack is who he is.
Every page in between makes you believe Jack and sends your heart through loops just to s
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Phil
May 16, 2010 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a couple of members of my family (the same books have a habit of being passed around!). And I did enjoy it. But I didn’t love it.
The story line is fascinating and reflects the life of one of the Jamie Bulger killers from the early 90’s. This was in real life a brutal murder of a toddler committed by 2 boys of age circa 12. I understand this was reported on around the world but certainly in the UK, there was much hysteria and a number of laws and practices in th
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Hester
Dec 14, 2015 Hester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very special book.

It wasn't a book that I could just quickly read, I had to think about what it said and what this meant.
This book made me think about a lot of things like, freedom, life and my values.
I think it's a slightly confusing book and it will mess you up a little, ket you think about how you feel about the book and what your values are. The thruth or giving someone a second chance.

Yes it was a really good book.
Kyle
Feb 12, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
may be the best book i have read, no not overreacting -- at the least the best in a long, long time -- first the style, simple direct writing, no overdramatizing, gratuitous vocabulary, overdescription -- not trying to impress anybody with ornate language -- just a sad, so sad, story to tell and tells it and makes you feel it -- just short to the point jabs that all land -- some british jargon and references that knowledge of certainly would have enhanced, but these didnt take away from the effe ...more
M
Dec 08, 2010 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked by this book from the first page. I cared about Boy A instantly, and my sympathy towards him just kept growing as I kept reading which, considering his background, is a sign of some first-class writing! The book is lean and pacy, with a cracking ending, and all of the characters are well-drawn and interesting. The writing sparkled and there were some really thought-provoking observations. It's a book that stays with you, and I didn't want it to end and was rooting for Boy A, regardl ...more
Lela
Jan 26, 2016 Lela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been longing to read this for 2 years and finished it within a few hours.
"Jack" is a young man integrating back into society after spending his youth in prison for a crime he commited when he was younger of which he was only known as Boy A. He struggles to become a part of the outside world but his past constantly haunts him in each new venture he partakes in.

I had always had a very strong stance on punishment for juveniles, believing that most of them should be tried as adults and that you can'
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Stephanie Marshall Ward
This is probably the most painful book I’ve ever read. It’s the only novel I remember making me feel physically sick at times. Not because it is gory or deliberately calibrated for shock value. It isn’t. It is just so vivid, heart-wrenching and raw.

This might not sound like a glowing recommendation. But even after having much of the novel “spoiled” by seeing the excellent film adaptation, I found it so compelling I didn’t want to put it aside. The story was well-crafted, the writing gorgeous, an
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Rebecca Ann
Jun 11, 2015 Rebecca Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harrowing. Heartbreaking. Fabulously discussion-worthy. All these are apt ways to describe Jonathan Trigell’s lightning bolt to the nervous system, ‘Boy A.’ It would be pretty accurate to say I loved this book, and even when I hated it, I loved it, because I realized when it was making me edgy and mad it was actually making me think. You don’t have to agree with it’s political viewpoint, but you will have to allow your beliefs and preconceptions to be challenged for the sake of the experience.

Ja
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Ben
May 15, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review

Book Review - Boy A by Jonathan Trigell

Serpent’s Tail Publishers – ISBN 9781846686627 – 248 Pages - 7.99

Boy A follows the rehabilitation of Jack, just out of prison for the murder of a 10 year old girl, when he was the same age. He is 24 now, and the story-line of Boy A finds him trying to get to grips with his new life, in a world that will not let him forget his past.

A campaign by the Sun aims to keep his release on the front pages, and leads to an attack on an innocent man who look
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Isabelle Geurinckx
Okay, this is a great book and it is perfectly written. So why 2 stars?
Well, I had to read this for school, and those kind of books aren't my style at all.
I don't like drama stories with kids that commited murder and suicide. I never read those kind of novels, because I don't really like the subject. But I read it for my English class

The story is about Jack (Child A). Him and his friend killed the little Angela when he was about 12 years old. They then go to prison and are confronted with the co
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Sorairo
Jun 28, 2015 Sorairo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non c'è un modo facile per parlare di questo libro.
La scrittura non mi è parsa granché, ma comunque scorrevole. A parte le telecamere che "non battono ciglio" non è il top però nemmeno illegibile.
È la storia ad essere spinosa. .. Ispirata ad un fatto di cronaca del '93 in Inghilterra tratta di un ragazzo rilasciato sotto identità segreta anni dopo aver ucciso una coetanea assieme ad un amico quando erano poco più che bambini.
Chiaramente la popolazione era indignata e voleva fargli la pelle. Com
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Kathryn
Sep 07, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libary
I couldn't finish this book. I would have loved to be able to love this book. It has some amazing reviews, but sadly I just couldn't get in to it. I don't know why it had a story line that has clearly interested many people but for some reason I just didn't find it entertaining. Maybe I will try to read it again some day.
Megan
May 15, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Full disclosure: I'm on a huge Andrew Garfield kick right now, and wanted to do a movie marathon. I just so happen to also be a person who does not enjoy watching the movie adaptation of a book first. Therefore, I have been using my "free" time to read the books before watching the films.

I had heard good things about the film Boy A, and was excited to check the book out. It did not let me down. I originally gave the book 4.5 stars, but after watching the movie, I found even more respect for the
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Ametista
Jan 14, 2014 Ametista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
A e B sono due bambini respinti dalle ostilità dei rapporti che si instaurano tra bambini, sono due tasselli difficili da collocare la cui non appartenenza ad un gruppo li induce ad un'inevitabile unione.
A e B trovano un equilibrio perfetto, insieme sono una fortezza inespugnabile.
Dietro le due lettere non si celano i resti dei nomi dei due bambini ma delle identità tenute anonime.
Le lettere sono il simbolo di un futuro che necessità salvezza, che sia una redenzione per il male fatto.
Quando A
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Janis Robson
Sep 19, 2012 Janis Robson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i wasnt sure about reading this book but am a gteat believer about not having an opinion till i read something. No doubt about it it was a very disturbing read but one i had to read to the end nit everyones cup of tea
Rebecca  Porter
I usually like to read a book first before seeing the movie inspired by it, but this time it was the other way around for me. I saw the movie of Boy A when it came out and have only read the book as of the last week. They are quite similar but I'm sure it'll come as no surprise when I saw that the book definitely has the edge. It's brilliant. I found it hard to put it down!

I loved the alphabet-chapters, all of the characters were perfectly rounded and believable and though we jumped forwards an
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Jonathan Trigell is a British author. His first novel, entitled Boy A, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2004, the Waverton Good Read Award and the inaugural World Book Day Prize in 2008.

Jonathan completed an MA in creative writing at Manchester University in 2002. He spent most winters in Alps working in the Ski Industry and now lives in Chamonix, France.

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