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Town by James Roy
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Oct 01, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, read-for-school, favourites, reviewed
Recommended to Sita by: Yr 9 English Teacher


Let me start by saying that this isn’t the sort of book that I would normally read. The only reason I read it was for my English class, and boy am I glad I read it. This book was amazing and I decided to review it because the term is over, so we’ll be starting a new book next term. And I thought, really am I going to let all those lessons analysing each short story go to waste? I think not! So enough of my rambling, onto the actual review:

What the book was about:

The book is set over the course of a year, it is made up of 12 different short stories, each told from different peoples point of views. Some in first person some in third person, I actually found the fact that the author had a totally different voice for each of the characters. I’ll give you a few examples:

Adam – Adam spent the entire story describing Robbie and his life and what happened to him “Sometimes he gets onto the bus with a shoe-box under his arm, or a jam jar. And you’ll ask him what he’s got, just to be polite...”

Lee – Lee’s story was written in a different way compared to all the others. And it was refreshing. “But I do some quick maths, & you don’t even have to be a bit bright to work out that it’s like the beers at the lake, & three guys divided by two girls means that there’s going to be one remainder, if you know what I mean.”

Most of the other story’s are written normally, but we still get a glance into the characters personality just by the way the character talks and narrates the story.

What I thought of it:

WOW! Like I said before, normally I would never read this sort of book. But am I glad that I did. I can see why it has won so many awards. The characterisation was good, all the different story’s were good, and how it all came together was amazing. The novel on a whole was generally amazing. The only thing that I would change is the cover, when I first saw it I thought it was about a bunch of kids in rehab or jail, all discussing their problems, no joke. Besides the fact that the book was amazing, I can find no flaws in the writing the plot or anything really. Maybe you can find some problems but I can’t and that’s why I gave town a 5 (I would give it higher if I could).


Town is a must read, and this maybe nothing like what you normally read. But trust me Town has it all, and you can read this book with high expectations. Trust me. Town does and will not disappoint.
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Lily Jones Yeah, I read this one too. I loved it!

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