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Before I Knew Him

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the hottest summer for years, the long school holidays stretch out before fourteen-year-old Leo. But he doesn’t see much to look forward to. Leo doesn’t fit in. But nothing ever happens to Leo; he never has a story. Then he meets David. Moody, resentful and tough, David is everything Leo is not and an unlikely friendship soon grows between them.

Events that summer take a
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Hutchinson (first published July 2nd 2008)
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Mel
A good, quick read. Not the typical romance you find nowadays, which is good. It was realistic and complicated, which is how love is. A lot of people call this book way to sexually explicit, but in all honestly I didn't mind it. Leo probably thinks about this stuff deeply, as a part of his trying to figure out how the hell he feels.
I think the book should have been a little longer. The ending seemed a little rushed to me. I wouldn't have minded seeing what the two main characters would have don
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Tasmin
I didn't like this book. The writing style was a bit too reliant on descriptions for my taste and I found myself skimming past particularly boring paragraphs.

In my opinion the book would have benefited from a few extra chapters set in the present day, as opposed to the summer Leo was a teenager. Nothing was really tied up - such as Leo's relationship with Kathryn and the ending seemed rushed.

I found the sex scenes too graphic, considering one of the participants was essentially a child, who was
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Judith Yeabsley
I loved this book after a slowish, confused start. It follows the passionate and way, way, way too graphic teenage love between two male misfits. The strength of their emotions and the bond between them forged from loneliness and need is compelling. There is also a racing plot to keep one engaged. Couldn't put it down and want to read more of hers.
Helena
Beautiful writing. This is a story of a crime committed in the past, and its effects on the present. It is not however,, a crime novel. Lyrical descritions of the North East of England's little known places. Strong sexual theme.
Lisa Hobson
Easy to read. Intriguing.
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