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Before I Knew Him

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 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
Apr 19, 2015 Tasmin rated it it was ok
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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Tami Egonu
Sep 10, 2015 Tami Egonu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always wonderful to get lost in a book, which I did with this in one day. Anna Ralph is an excellent author who knows how to write about suspense, longing, desire, guilt and lies. This was confidently written with very real characters (Leo at 14yrs & 22yrs and David who's about 2 years older) who are finding out who they are in the world and to each other, but a fatal tragedy from their brief past together (that Leo had strived to bury) and the dark secret they share (only revealed full ...more
Sandra
Sep 26, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Skilfully evokes the misunderstandings of adolescent relationships, the fear and the desire to be understood. Also the demands of family. And whilst doing so racks up several sorts of tensions too. Easy to read, not because the writing is simplistic but because it says what is necessary.
And bumped it up to five stars because I can't get it out of my head.
Judith Yeabsley
Dec 02, 2009 Judith Yeabsley rated it it was amazing
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.
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Aug 01, 2012 Helena rated it really liked it
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.
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