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Boys of Blood & Bone

2.65  ·  Rating Details ·  232 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Henry is heading up to stay with friends at Saint Helena Bay when his car breaks down just outside a country town. Forced to stay over in the town while his car is fixed, Henry is befriended by two local teenagers, Trot & Janine, & the enigmatic & very old Cecilia. Henry looks exactly like Andy Lansell, her fiancee who left to fight in the Great War eighty year ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Penguin Global (first published January 1st 2003)
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Krystal Lundy
Feb 21, 2012 Krystal Lundy rated it did not like it
I read this for grade ten English.
I think it was quite a 'different' way of looking at the same subject that had been forced down our throats for the past years... World War I.
I understand that it is good for showing us how strong Australian 'mateship' was, and is. But I had to force myself to read each page. Having no intrest in the book (at all) made it hard to recall quite what happened, and when. So answering questions on the text was an interesting experience when I could recall reading som
Contains a moving account of life in the trenches in Flanders during WW1 - from an Australian perspective. The two timeline/plot kind of dragged a bit here and there and the "now" was somewhat predictable but an interesting take on a familiar theme. Worth the read. Also I found interesting the author's accurate use of Aussie accent's and quirky phrasing. Most people don't get it right. :) Oh there are some good quotes but will have to write them up later.
May 09, 2012 Cody rated it did not like it
yes so like most other people that hated this book i too had to read it for year 10 english but because of the fact the book was uninteresting predictable,boring,old,simple and the fact that it just plain sucked i got no further than 30 pages before i just plain ripped the damn thing up (which was well worth it by the way) it was boring uninteresting it was without a doubt the worst book i have ever seen i dont recomend this to anyone unless your going to burn it.
Mar 07, 2012 Bali rated it did not like it
Shelves: school
I dislike this book with all my being. It was not very exciting and the characters are unlikable. I had to read this for school - not a good decision. Sorry David Metzenthen, but this wasn't a very good book, and I don't recommend reading it. Ever.
Aug 17, 2011 PK rated it did not like it
Shelves: eyes-bled
'Boys of Blood and Bone' is an interesting take on a rather tired subject. That's right. World War One...again. Apparently history never gets old.
The story follows two characters, Henry (an 18 year old surfie modern Aussie) and Andy (your country townsfolk man from way back in the day), and how Henry gains insight to Andy's life by reading his diary. Basically its a cultural gender identity issue book that tries to bring across this patriotic love of our wonderful bush-land of a country, as well
Mar 08, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
Gosh, Im surprised at how many ordinary reviews and few stars this book receives. I picked this book up in an Op shop in a small town with an Avenue of Honour just like Strattford and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is obviously written for young adults and touches on subjects such as choices, consequences, making the best of mistakes, duty to to your country, duty to yourself, fragility of life and work ethic which is probably why it was chosen as a book for Year 10 English. By the l ...more
Ellen Cheney
Feb 21, 2013 Ellen Cheney rated it did not like it
This story successfully portrays the issue of fulfilling ones duty is often difficult however the book was stretched too far creating unnecessary tension and action between characters. This novel would be effective for all age readers if the novel was compressed. No one needed to read a four hundred page book to know that a- a guy got stuck in a town and b- a guy died in war. However Andy's story is achieved by raising the issue that war is a tragic waste of life and also adolescence is a time i ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Joshiemelesetar69 rated it it was amazing
the book was amazing very good for a child 5 and up but Ellen Chenay was the highlight of the book with the beautiful face of hers <3 Ellen Chenay is so babe sexy aswell idc about the book i just read it coz of ellen ur so sexy babahy <3 <3 <3 love u cutie!!!
Apr 16, 2013 Benenoha69 rated it it was amazing
IT WAS a amazing book.Very good for a child 5 an up But, My highlight was talking to Ellen Cheney <3 <3
Jun 23, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it
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Apr 24, 2014 Nhat-minh rated it did not like it
Shelves: rubbish
The book of David Metzenthen “Boys of Blood and Bones” is composed as two interlaying stories: one set in the present time and one placed in the World War I. For starters, if you put each story as a separate book, both these books will be total rubbish.

Why? What do you call a book with no structure and no story, and absolutely nothing happening? Correct: you call it a waste of your time and possibly money (hopefully, you got it from the library and not paid for it!) If I want to read about the W
Olivia J
Feb 14, 2011 Olivia J rated it liked it
This book was different to anything I have ever read, it had a true prospect going for it. I found at the beginning, it was a little hard to adjust from one boy’s perspective to another; it also took a little while for Andy’s to become interesting, which annoyed me whenever it switched to him. Towards the end but, I found that Henrys story became pretty boring as well, so I became happy when it started to focus back on Andy. This book gives a great insight for what it was like during the war, I ...more
Johnzel Babijes
May 06, 2013 Johnzel Babijes rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Johnzel by: My Teacher
I was in my English class when I finished this book and I totally cried. :( This is an amazing book! It gets really boring but its awesome! We have to read this in Year 10 English but it really touch my heart. This is the very first book that I've read about World War I and this is so good. Job Well done, David! :)
Apr 24, 2015 Jess rated it did not like it
The characters were boring and unmemorable, there was too much description, and I felt totally emotionless the entire story.
Like most others here in the review section I was forced to read a book for English I otherwise would never have read - Boys of Blood and Bone.
At most, the story-line was mediocre and I would most certainly not be recommending it to anyone.
Jul 30, 2012 Caitlyn rated it did not like it
I was forced to read this for English. I have to say, it wasn't THAT bad, but it was very boring. I was more interested in Henry's life
Jun 05, 2014 Megan rated it did not like it
It was hard to get into and difficult to read. My opinion is that if they hadn't have split it into two point of views it would have been more interesting and more entertaining to read.
Feb 06, 2015 Lillie rated it did not like it
I really didn't like this book I found it to boring and I had to read it for year 10 English. It took me forever to read it and I really don't like it at all.
Hey just heard that ellen chenay is a babe and wanted to meet her in real life i dont know who she is or and frankly i dont care i just want sexy time ;) and this book was good aswell
Mar 21, 2015 Scott rated it liked it
Slow paced, and the cohesion is horrible with the interchanging stories between Henry and Andy. Needs some editing. Had to reread, a little better the second time.

May 23, 2013 Mykala rated it did not like it
WORST BOOK EVER!!! had to read it in English at school and it was terrible!!! I was actually trying to like it, NEVER HAVE I TRIED TO LIKE A BOOK!!! SOOOOOOO BAD
Apr 22, 2013 Lauren rated it did not like it
one word..... BOOOORING
Apr 24, 2014 Nhat-minh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rubbish
The book of David Metzenthen “Boys of Blood and Bones” is composed as two interlaying stories: one set in the present time and one placed in the World War I. For starters, if you put each story as a separate book, both these books will be total rubbish.

Why? What do you call a book with no structure and no story, and absolutely nothing happening? Correct: you call it a waste of your time and possibly money (hopefully, you got it from your library and not paid for it!) If I want to read about the
Apr 16, 2014 Tessa rated it it was ok
Finally, I finished this book. It took me about a month to get through, mainly because the topic disinterested me greatly. I was forced to read this book for Year 10 English class, and since war is the topic we're discussing, I had to soldier through and finish the book. I am giving the book two stars because although overall I didn't enjoy the book, there were sections of the book I did enjoy. I found the middle third of the story extremely hard to get through, as nothing was really happening a ...more
Barnabus Crinel
Mar 06, 2014 Barnabus Crinel rated it did not like it
This book had no intriguing story line and/or challenges or sacrifices that the characters had to make or commit to. The two main characters were not entirely likable, which made the story incredibly hard to relate to, grow attached to and to even finish.
How is this book a product from an 'award winning' and 'best-selling author', when the entire novel is so basic and incorrectly structured. The quote on the back of the novel by Agnes Nieuwenhuizen that states 'Metzenthen gets better all the ti
Despite most of the school students out there who have had to read this and found it dead boring, I actually found it quite interesting.

It is truly hard to read a book from beginning to end, when you know the one of the main characters die. It's no secret that he does, you're told on the blurb at the back. But it's so weird, because you become attached to the character, Andy Lansell is his name. When you read the last entry in his diary written by his friend (or should I say mate?) Darcy, you c
I didn’t think I’d like this when I was assigned to read it for school, and I was partly corrected I hated Henry and the parts that featured his life in the present. Him and the other characters from the ‘present’ seemed very one dimensional and just generally flat and trying to hard. I really enjoyed Andy’s story and felt so attached to him and his friends situations. I’m left wondering if part of the problem for me not really loving this book was that I was older than most of the other student ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015, australian
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Jun 18, 2014 Coolbeans rated it did not like it
I read this book for my English class and I did not enjoy it whatsoever. Sure, the story line was smart with all the twists and turns and the way everything connected in the end. But I found that the way it was written really brought it down, the split style may work for other books, but with this one for some reason did not work. It was very deep and had a lot of emotion, which was good I must admit and the character build up was ok. Yet I still found it hard to connect with it and had I not be ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Madi rated it did not like it
Sooooo like everyone else, I was forced to read this book or no extra fries from me. And yes you heard correctly: extra fries. Not exercise or - better yet - exorcise. Just extra fries. Anyway, yeah, I had to read it for an English assignment and I just couldn't devote my attention to it. I was always distracted by the sexy book waiting for me in my school bag. And what made matters worse, was getting a new English teacher, just as the assignment was coming to a close, who hadn't read the book o ...more
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As a child, David Metzenthen was a nature boy; he loved fishing and farm work, exploring the bush, and being outdoors under the stars. He also lived very much inside his own head; feeling that the world was a place of unlimited adventure. He harboured dreams of becoming a cowboy, a fisherman, a farmer, a sailor, or a writer. Instead he left home at eighteen, with a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Ro ...more
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