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Dead Boy Talking
 
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Linda Strachan
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Dead Boy Talking

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Josh has 25 minutes to live.

Lying alone in a pool of blood, Josh hasn't much time to think. Yesterday he stabbed his best mate, and now it's happened to him. But there are questions he can't get out of his head. Like, how did he get into this mess? Will anyone find him in time? Will his girlfriend forgive him, and what really happened to his older brother?

As his life slip
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Published (first published April 5th 2012)
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Becky
Dead Boy Talking is story which will knock you off your feet with the speed of its delivery and the raw, tough realism that it explores. This is the third novel I have read which explores knife crime and Strachan gives this issue her own fresh and very accessible twist. It is the story of Josh and how he comes to be lying in a pool of his own blood on the very first page. The story alternates between his first person account of the minutes after he is stabbed and the third person narrative which ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Dead Boy Talking is another YA book to explore teenage gang culture and knife crime. It looks at the before and after, and poses many questions relevant to today's society. I'll never fully understand why teens feel the need to fight and kill each other over something that could be resolved, but it happens, and it's a great shame.

Strachan's narrator, Josh, tells his story from two time frames: the 24 hours leading up to his stabbing, and what look to be his last 25 minutes after being left for d
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Audrey
I was actually a little taken by surprise by this book. My first reaction was that Linda Strachan is trying hard to be S.E. Hinton and failing. And in a way, even after having finished the book, I still feel that way. I mean, she's taken a teenage boy who's a little rough around the edges, but who still remains a good person, and thrown him in to the gritty real-world of knives and loss and "hard times." And yet she just doesn't write with the poise and grace of S.E. Hinton. For the entire first ...more
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