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Black Rabbit Summer

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,677 ratings  ·  150 reviews
A smart, tense murder mystery twined with an emotional investigation of the ways love, sex, class, and celebrity can forever change friendships.

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 pharmaceutic...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published February 2nd 2008)
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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
Sara Grochowski
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...more
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...more
Simon Howard
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...more
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...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...more
Gaby Karsai
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...more
Josh Kirkpatrick
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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
Jan 11, 2014 Erikan9 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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...more
I fear nothing else Brooks has written will ever match the brilliance of Martyn Pig.
What did I read?
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
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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...more
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.

Oct 04, 2008 Andreea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes weirdness
Shelves: reviewed, 10th-grade
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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...more
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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...more
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
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...more
Ash Lutz
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,...more
Nataile Sams
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...more
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...more
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Sep 25, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kevin Brooks, drug-addled narrators, YA mysteries
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I don't consider myself a mystery reader but this truly grabbed me. It lacked the qualities I dislike in mysteries--the intrepid investigator goodie-goodie/outsider, missing scenes that "hide" a way for the reader to discover the truth, the feeling I get like when I am being les through a maze like a mouse to cheese--which have been part of my reading past that make them boring or distasteful or like trying to scramble up a solid wall without hope.

Black Rabbit Summer had youth, class divisions,...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.” 0 likes
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