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Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
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Jul 07, 2012

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Read in July, 2012

The overall plot is simple and somewhat unconvincing however well written. I think the book would appeal to teenage and YA readers more than the mature. Nevertheless it is a good read.

I liked the character development of the main protaganists, brothers Miles and Harry, but felt that the other main characters, elder brother Joe and their father were shallow.

The relationship between Miles and Harry is well developed as powerless children with Miles trying to look after Harry while being neglected or abused by their uncaring father; and big brother Joe appearing erratically.

The book flows well and is an easy read. I particularly liked the way Parrett conveyed the feel for the sea and the physical environment.
The 'kindly ogre' figure of George reminded me of the similar character in Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey)and felt like a cliche. I don't think this character adds much to the plot.

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