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iBoy by Kevin Brooks
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Nov 12, 2011

it was amazing
Read on November 10, 2011 — I own a copy

The Good Stuff

* Unique and unusual idea for a storyline
* Darkly humorous at times, which helps tone down the darkness of the story
* Gram is one cool bad-ass -- my kind of Grandmother
* Fast paced
* Could lead to some fascinating class discussions about moral choices
* Love the relationship between Tom and his Grandma - real honest love and respect
* Tom's a believable and likable protagonist and you can really feel the struggles he deals with
* Very raw, bleak, honest and dark (not a bad thing, just giving you the mood)
* Did I mention how much I loved the Gram
* Emotional wild ride

The Not So Good Stuff

* There is something missing and I just can't put my finger on it, maybe storyline and characters could be fleshed out more -- but than again I was sick when reading, so could just be me

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Have you got a mobile phone?"

I tapped the side of my head.

He grinned.

"Yeah," I told him. "I've got a mobile phone."

"I couldn't help smiling to myself as I crossed over to the lift with Gram.

"What?" Gram asked me. "What's so funny?"
"Nothing ..." I looked at her, grinning. "It's just .... well, iBoy ... I mean, that's actually pretty good, isn't it?"

Gram shrugged. "It's better than fuckhead."

"Maybe it was the brain surgery," I said, smiling at her. "Maybe it's turned me into a budding genius."

A faint smile flickered on her face,"It'd take more than major brain surgery to turn you into a genius."

I pulled an idiot face.

She laughed.

Who Should/Shouldn't Read

* Suitable for male and female readers
* I would strongly advise a more mature reader for this one due to violence and mentions of rape (not gratuitous or overly descriptive though)
* Would be good for a reluctant reader

4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review

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