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Kill All Enemies

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Everyone says fourteen-year-old Billie is nothing but trouble. A fighter. A danger to her family and friends. But her care worker sees someone different. Her classmate Rob is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother. But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate. And Chris is struggling at school; he just doesn't want to be there. But his dad sees a use ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Penguin Books
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Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
14-year-old Billie has managed to alienate nearly everyone who has ever meant anything to her - her mother, her foster parents, her friends. Rob has been labelled a bully, but is struggling to cope with a violent stepfather and absent mother. Chris is always quick with a smart remark but struggles at school and has his parents putting pressure on him to change his ways. When they end up at the Brandt Pupil Referral Unit, care worker Hannah tries to help them overcome their problems. But is it to ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I picked up this book I hadn't read any reviews for it and honestly didn't realise what a little gem I was holding in my hands. In Kill All Enemies Melvin Burgess has created the most realistic characters I've ever read about. The story follows four characters with each of their narratives and stories tying into the overall plot. Billie, Rob and Chris all end up in the Pupil Referral Unit, because no-one else wants them and school can't handle them, and it is here that they all cross paths ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted at Fluttering Butterflies

I was really excited to hear of this book. Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess is an absolutely wonderful and emotional book, one in which that I felt very strongly about before, during and now after reading it. I love that we are hearing a story about a group of children that are so often written-off or ignored or just not thought of highly in society. These three children - Billie, Chris and Rob - have difficult lives and problems and w
Liza Wiemer
Set in Leeds, England, KILL ALL ENEMIES was one of the most INTENSE YA novels I have ever read. The novel is told by four different narrators, Billie, Chris, Rob, and Hannah (an adult case worker who shares her perspective on the other three). Billie is a young girl who has been forced to grow up way too fast. She's faced rejection from her own mother that I promise will break your heart. On the outside she's rock-solid, but there's a soft spot that will tear the the reader because it tears her. ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Reece by: Lancashire Book Of The Year

Brief description of the story in my own words:
Billie is a young girl who has been forced to grow up way too fast. She's faced rejection from her own mother that I promise will break your heart. On the outside she's rock-solid, but there's a soft spot that will tear the reader because it tears her. Rob is a big lug of a kid who loves Metallica to the point of obsession. He has a kind and protective heart, especially for his mother and younger half-brother. He is bullied and humiliated by his man
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
What was great about Melvin Burgess' Kill All Enemies is that it realistically portrays the struggles young teens have to endure before they reach that light at the end of the tunnel. The book is well suited for younger teens with easy to follow writing and likeable characters to whom readers will grow very attached. This book is definately one that I would recommend.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A really brilliant book. It is very thought provoking, and makes you think about the judgements we make every day and the people we stereotype, without really knowing them. The story is engaging, and the characters are three dimensional and easy to connect with. The book makes you realise that there ARE two sides to every story, and that we should always try and find the truth for ourselves.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, teen, audio-book
If you flipped 'em and told me that Junk was Burgess's 23rd novel and this was one of his early books, I'd believe you. Because this is sort of... a not-so-good Junk. :/ Review to follow.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: First Reads giveaway.
Shelves: own, first-reads
Kill All Enemies should be required reading for every teacher and parent. The three children give such an honest insight into the world of juvenile deliquency. Easy to write off, until you know them as people. Brilliant read, from the first page to the last.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! It's Incredible, Powerful and Eyeopening
4 Out of 5
Everyone’s given up on Billie. They think she’s dangerous, a lost cause. But her case worker can see her potential.
Rob may get beaten up a lot, but he’s strong. Strong enough to look after himself and his brother. But whenever he’s around his stepfather, he feels worse than rubbish.
Chris couldn’t care less about school. He’s going to be an entrepreneur, and who needs GCSEs for that? He knows where he wants to go, but all his dad sees is a worthless layabout.
All three are linked togeth
Annmarie Ager
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviewed
3 kids that are going through a hellish life from being unwanted, unloved and just plain abused a mind blowing mix of highs and lows.

This book gripped my heart from the very beginning I don’t normal get over emotional with the books I’m reading but as person that knows firsthand what an abused childhood life is like this book pulled at my heart. I felt for the kids in a way I have never felt for any characters in a book before.

These three kids all go though their own hell whether it is by the h
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I really liked this read because of the realistic characters. They are probably the most realistic characters I have come across in a book so far which is always a good thing. They weren't likeable all the time but they each had their own story that came together in the end in a way that makes you question the way society works sometimes.

It's a good author that can make you like and dislike a character at the same time. The chara
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received an arc of this book from a first reads giveaway.

I have never read anything by Melvin Burgess and so I was unsure of what to expect from Kill All Enemies. Unfortunately, I went into it with the wrong mindset, not realizing beforehand that it was geared towards a younger audience than myself. So I decided that I’d leave it to the side for a bit and get back to it later, but in that time my younger sister picked it up and read the whole thing in just a few hours. Being in t
Adele Broadbent
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story about three teenagers – Billie – An angry fourteen year old girl, always getting in fights to release that anger. Estranged from her family, she’s in foster care.

Chris – A fifteen year old boy who hates school, and refuses to do any homework, no matter how his parents plead, bribe, or threaten him.

Rob – A tall, overweight boy who is bullied constantly by his classmates, his stepfather and anyone else who decides he’s a target.

But… there is another story behind each of these teens. Storie
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
A book that teaches us that there is always more than one side to a story, KAE shows us different perspectives of delinquent British youths. These kids come from broken homes, have responsibilities beyond their years and often disregard school as a waste of time. we get to see how their actions are interpreted by those around them and also the causes that drive them to the decisions they make. It was hard going getting through this book, the pace is slow as each chapter is told from the perspect ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, fiction, favorites
An awesome book following three 15 year olds: Billie, Rob and Sam. Billie had to look after her little siblings when she was young, but since Social stepped in she's lived with carers and her mum has made it clear she doesn't want her back. She's trying to stay out of fights and she's on her last chance. Rob loves his mum to bits, but his violent step -dad Philip just drives him nuts. Not to mention his problems with the school bullies. Sam hates school. Its just boring and pointless to him. His ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: england-blog
I liked this book and I’m always a sucker for an Orwellian representation of society. The characters were well-drawn and the plot engaging. I particularly enjoyed the ironic use of fairytale imagery juxtaposed against some of the horrors these teenagers are shown to experience, a reminder of their lost childhood. In general, a cycle of changing perspectives is not my favourite technique in the world as I find it becomes tedious after a while, but it worked well enough here.

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Everyone says fourteen-year-old Billie is nothing but trouble.But her care worker sees someone different. Her classmate Rob is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother. But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate. And Chris is struggling at school; he just doesn't want to be there. But his dad sees a useless no-hoper. Billie, Rob and Chris each have a story to tell. But there are two sides to every story, and the question is ...who do you believe?
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had been looking forward to reading this since Melvin visited us in Book Week last April. I was not disappointed, in fact I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. To think this story is based on the lives of real teenagers is extraordinarily humbling. You will not look at young people in the same way after reading it. He truly is a master storyteller.
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Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A hard-hitting but absolutely gripping story about 4 teenagers who go completely off the rails, for very different reasons and whose stories are very cleverly linked. Burgess doesn't believe in giving us easy answers though so he lets the teenagers tell their own stories and leaves us to make our minds up! You'll finish this book far less ready to judge people...
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book but I'm a teen I'm not troubled liked that not my friends or ANY one I know. So it's pretty interesting and quite fictional although I guess some people are troubled.
Ps why dump your daughter after she TRIED to keep the family together.
And Why leave your son with a step dad!

Ps I'm fourteen and in the middle of the book.
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A bit exaggerated, funny but also intensely gripping.
All three stories are very interesting and we'll put together.
P.s could ANYONE understand why Billies mother doesn't want her back, I got two:

A) So her mum can make Kate do the work
B) She's a terrible mommy!

Thanks : )
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book really made me think about life and society and how we treat each other. The characters were so real and my feelings towards them were mixed up and changed throughout the book. I think this is book that will stay with me for a while.
Elliot Daa
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cool, depressing but full of hope. A lot of important lessons about not judging by what you see. Good book =)
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was actually surprised how much I liked this book. I went into it with no expectations and came out happy. Good read (no pun intended).
Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was really really good! I've not read anything else by Burgess but I definitely will be reading more of his work in the future :) Review to come! :D
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Complete Compulsive. Usual Burgess Hard Hitting real life Grit, that sucks you in wanting, and spits you out crying. A must read
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great, always moving, book however it lost a star because it was too exaggerated but I'd still recommend it to all.
Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book and the characters in it really get under your skin. They make you think about society and how it works for young people in particular.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The plot is predictable and the book sinks to caricature now and then, but Burgess can still write on teenagers better than most other authors I know.
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Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...more