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Dawn by Kevin Brooks
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Nov 18, 10

bookshelves: brought-to-rhs-library, glbtq
Read in October, 2010

Why do I keep reading books by Kevin Brooks when I always feel ticked off by the end? Could it be the covers, appealing as hard-Candy? Is it the promising cover-leaf descriptions? Am I Being a sucker for marketing? Every time I get done with one his titles, I feel a bit cheated and a bit muddled, as if I've taken a turn down Road Of The Dead-ends. When will it Killing God on me that I just don't like what he does? [This last sentence would work better if I could have easily inserted 'Dawn,' instead of the original, British title, "Killing God."]

There are good moments in "Dawn," and if a reader can relate to the 'lumpy-ish,' outsider - the titular Dawn Bundy - then this might be worth a read. Dawn is NOT happy with God, nor with her absent father, nor with her drunk mother, and don't even suggest that she think about the BAD THING THAT DIDN"T EVEN HAPPEN. She loves her dogs, obsessively listens to The Jesus and Mary Chain. There are passing sapphic musings. At first, the book is strange and moody and disjointed, then it shifts into almost a teen problem novel, and then it ends like a cautious Tarantino flick. Or like a Kevin Brooks book, I suppose.

The best YA is fascinating, moving, transformative. Good YA is entertaining. Yet again, Kevin Brooks has failed me on all these levels. Others have described this as deep and disturbing, but that wasn't the "Dawn" I read.
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