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The Nest

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  143 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Robin lives with his single father in the Victorian alps where they run a snowmobile hire business. Robin lives in fear of his bullying father and believes that it was his (Robin's) fault that his mother left them when he was a baby, which is why his father hates him and is the cause of all his problems. Robin has a mental condition - a fear of fear. As ...more
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Published March 1st 2010 by Bolinda Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Paul Jennings departure from the curious and quirky is not altogether successful. As an avid reader of Paul Jennings from childhood, I expected more from 'Nest'. Robin is a blank sort of character - I envisioned him in 2D. The motivation for characters behaviour and their connections to each other felt very flimsy. The dark twist the tale took was over too briefly. I found this really disappointing.
Mar 12, 2016 Jenna rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like catching up with a childhood friend.

Paul Jennings was one of my favourite authors when I was a kid, so it was wonderful to return to his writing with The Nest, his first book for older readers (it's aimed at older teens). From page one I recognised his distinctive style, and it gave me a feeling of, "Oh, so there you are". Now I want to go dig up and reread my old Jennings collection, even though I'm waaay out of the target demographic.

But let's talk about The Nest. It
Jun 07, 2014 Komal rated it it was ok
I decided to read this book because I wanted a short read for the long weekend and I have read really funny and gruesome books by Paul Jennings before.
The setting of the story was definitely interesting for me because it was set in a cold, snowy and desolate area and I haven't read a book with that type of setting yet.
I also liked the character 'Verushka' as soon as she was mentioned because she is a strong minded and beautiful girl. She is adored and has a seductive cling about her. I also li
Sep 08, 2013 Josephine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sakura-medal
This story starts out with a passage that you do not understand. Throughout the novel the author refers back to this passage, and little by little you start to understand it more. In that sense I think this novel is unique. The main character is kind of dark and full of flaws, but I think because of that we can connect to him more easily. My favorite part of this novel was reading the short stories the main character wrote, because he was actually writing metaphors about the actual plot, and the ...more
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Jan 30, 2015 John Smith rated it liked it
I liked it, it was a good read. I read it all in about 3 hours, so it's not a long book, about 300 pages I think. I'm not sure if it was meant to be relatable, but it was for me. Not a lot of character development, it was more plot driven. The main character was a writer so the book was littered with the mc's stories, which subconsciously reflected him as a person, which made for some interesting plot development.
Jun 29, 2013 Kareena rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed after reading this book. I was expecting the humor and well written characters that appear in all of his other stories but there is none. It lacks humor and the characters seem shallow and quick to judge. Two stars because it's Paul Jennings but as a word of advice for him, please stick to childrens stories. They're more popular then you might think.
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Jan 29, 2012 Jess - The Tales Compendium rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, contemporary
Jennings' first attempt at young adult fiction is beautifully written and intriguing. It is dark and philosophical and examines relationships, personal demons and the emotionally grey areas of life. It is about the past and how essential it is to know the truth, no matter how painful it may be. Ages 15+
Jul 16, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly amazing read. The story flowed easily and the characters were believable.
This story touched a lot of personal chords and gave me much needed insight into my own thoughts and actions.
Brilliant! Mr Jennings! Just brilliant!
May 20, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Read it for an english assignment and it was really hard to like in the beginning but I got sucked in at the end and it was quite a nice read, but still difficult to get into, most likely because of my reading preferences.
Apr 06, 2012 Alison rated it liked it
I found this disturbing, and the female characters were cardboard cutouts. The handling of mental illness was done well, through story, but the story always felt humorous somehow, like the character wasn't being taken seriously
Feb 17, 2012 Josiah rated it it was amazing
If you liked Jonathan Maberry's Bad Moon Rising and Stephen King's Bag Of Bones you will love this book!
Mar 12, 2014 Morningdew_C rated it it was amazing
Thanks to this book I found my most favourite genres in reading books! I just love how the romance in this book develops overtime. A book you may want to read if your into romance genres.
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Paul Jennings was born in Heston near London, and at the age of 6 emigrated to Melbourne, Australia on a boat. He was on the boat for 5 weeks with his family. He attended Bentleigh West Primary School and Caulfield Grammar School.

After graduating from school, he went to Frankston Teachers College (now part of Monash University) and became a teacher. He taught students at Frankston State School, Ka
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