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Black Rabbit Summer

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,069 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: As kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. They agree to get together one last time, but, twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals, old jealousies surface. The party's soon over, and the group splinters off into the night. Into the noise and heat and chaos of the carniva ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Chicken House (first published February 2nd 2008)
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natercopia
Apr 16, 2010 natercopia rated it it was ok
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Ericamay
Mar 31, 2011 Ericamay rated it really liked it
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
Sophie
Jan 02, 2016 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
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Sara Grochowski
Jul 28, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing
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
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Simon Howard
Sep 16, 2012 Simon Howard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
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
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Mistneth
Jan 13, 2014 Mistneth rated it it was amazing
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?"

0-545-05752-3

Then I discovered Black Rabbit Summer. Now, sitting in the library on my own
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Carrie
Oct 06, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing
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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dalnim
Aug 30, 2015 dalnim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shifa and Safa
Jan 08, 2016 Shifa and Safa rated it liked it
I think Kevin Brooks' writing is pretty great. His writing it keeps you entertained and at the edge of your seat, and that's why, after only 2 books (or after 1 good book - Naked) I thought he could be my favourite author. As for this book. It was REALLY weird. Not the bad kind of weird, but not a good kind of weird either. It was just really strange, and mysterious and... Weird. I didn't hate the book at all, but I didn't like it like how I expected to like it (after reading Naked. Unfortunatel ...more
Silvia May
Dec 17, 2015 Silvia May 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
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Franci Franci
Mar 05, 2014 Franci Franci rated it liked it
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
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Gaby Meares
Jun 18, 2014 Gaby Meares rated it it was amazing
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
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Josh Kirkpatrick
Jun 08, 2014 Josh Kirkpatrick rated it it was ok
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Leggere A Colori
Dec 08, 2014 Leggere A Colori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usando un linguaggio consono sviluppa la trama ben congeniata con un’atmosfera che fa presa creando empatia con i personaggi e offre alcuni spunti di riflessioni sulle difficoltà a rapportarsi degli adolescenti. Senza prodursi in complicati approfondimenti passa in rassegna disagi e contraddizioni dei ragazzi di quell’età, alcol, droghe, bullismo, la fatica di crescere, cogliendo in maniera più incisiva la difficoltà a confidarsi e avere fiducia sia con i genitori che con gli adulti in genere.

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Minnie
Apr 20, 2014 Minnie rated it liked it
Shelves: rwr
Black Rabbit Summer is a tense murder mystery that explore love, sex, change, and the way all those things can affect friendship. Pete, Pauly, Eric, Nicole and Raymond were all best friends when they were little, as they grew older they grew apart, until they re-connected at a party. Growing up they'd meet in their fort, they all agreed to meet up and catch up. Things didn't go as planned, driven by drugs and drinks old jealousies and tensions rose. After a crazy night at the local Carnival some ...more
Erikan9
Jan 11, 2014 Erikan9 marked it as to-read
Anteprima sul blog Wonderful Monster:

A febbraio arriverà in libreria L’Estate del Coniglio Nero pubblicato nella collana Freeway di Piemme rivolta ai teenager. Un romanzo che, però, già dalla trama strizza l’occhio agli adulti. Vediamo di conoscerlo meglio.

La storia ruota attorno ad un gruppo di adolescenti amici fin dall’infanzia che si trovano ad un punto in cui ognuno dovrà scegliere la propria strada, finita la scuola. Decidono così di incontrarsi per passare un’ultima serata tutti insieme.P
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Louise
Nov 03, 2013 Louise rated it it was ok
I fear nothing else Brooks has written will ever match the brilliance of Martyn Pig.
Catharine Kendrick
Jun 17, 2015 Catharine Kendrick rated it it was amazing
I basically posted a comment about this book thinking that it was the "review". Anyway, this is one of the best books I've ever read. It was so thrilling and I just loved it so much. There was the right amount of creepiness and tensity to keep you on edge all of the time. I got THAT feeling about this book which only occurs a fair few times in life. The title of the novel has always stuck with me and I think I read it when it first came out in 2008 because there was some book reading competition ...more
Rhiannon
Dec 21, 2012 Rhiannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: meh-bad
What did I read?
Alice Dillon
Jul 23, 2015 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
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Sherrie
Black Rabbit Summer is a dark and gritty young adult read. Pete Boland decides to reconnect with some old friends at the local carnival and things turn bad quickly. When two of Pete's friends turn up missing after the carnival no one is above suspicion. The author details how the friendships start to unravel and how everyone has something to hide. I thought the book was well written but I would have liked more insight into each of the characters. Pete's character was well developed but we weren' ...more
Susi
Feb 18, 2014 Susi rated it really liked it
Recensione anche sul blog http://bookishadvisor.blogspot.it/

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
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Heather
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. Man...it 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.

I
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Andreea
Oct 04, 2008 Andreea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes weirdness
Shelves: reviewed, 10th-grade
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StefanieEmmy
May 21, 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
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Karissa
Jun 24, 2010 Karissa rated it it was ok
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Yessica C
Oct 24, 2011 Yessica C rated it it was ok
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
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Yangchen713gmail.com
Mar 21, 2010 Yangchen713gmail.com rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica
Dec 28, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it
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
James Worlobah
Black Rabbit Summer is crime-thriller novel by Kevin Brooks. An unexpected crime occurs between a group of teenager friends during the night of a hangout. Pete is the protagonist.

Pete is a teenager done with high school. Pete has long-time friends who want to meet for the last time before they leave seperate ways. Pete's long-time friends are named Eric: Pauly: Nicole: and Raymond. With in a couple weeks of summer break, Pete is notified of the plan by Nicole. The plan is for the gang to meet
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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.” 3 likes
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