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Daylight Saving

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  606 ratings  ·  135 reviews
When Daniel Lever is dragged to Leisure World Holiday Complex for some “time away” with his depressed dad, his expectations are low. Daniel is overweight, he hates sport, and his father has brought along his beloved tomato plant. But soon Daniel spots a girl swimming in the fake lake. Lexi is elegant and smart, but very mysterious. Why are her bruises getting worse each ti ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Walker Books Ltd (first published February 2012)
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I loved this. Loved that it was from the male protagonist POV. Loved that the male protagonist wasn't ripped and drop dead gorgeous. Loved that there were real family problems and a sense of "I know these people" while reading the story. It flowed well; the plot was well thought out. Though I knew how it would end, I still hoped for it to end differently. There was a tiny bit of suspense and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Loved that Daniel was able to find himself and become the confident, s ...more
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Actual rating 3.5

You know, here's a little story to tell: So, in late April/early May, I did one of my usual library runs, during which I checked out my usual 11-14 books. Except I hated the majority of them. Yeah...And I got super depressed about it all and went on my usual ranting about how there are no good books written now-a-days, especially no good novels.

Skip to June. Time for another library run during which I checked out 14 books, the majority of which were recom
Natalie Frampton
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I devoured it a few hours after I bought it. I'd never heard of it but saw it in my local bookshop (Waterstones) and loved the shiny cover and description so was immediately tempted.

Daniel and his dad don't get on...for reasons you will discover in the book, so that's why Daniels dad takes him away. Daniel is still upset over his mum and dad getting a divorce and why his dad decided to take him on a sports holiday he has no idea..he hates sport.

Lexi is
Chris Forrence
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s a relatively short book, but the characters are pretty well-developed and there’s a sense of realism (in a ghost story, no less).
When Daniel is taken to Leisure World by his father it really is his worst nightmare rather than an ideal fun family holiday. Overweight and unfit Daniel isn't a fan of sports and isn't looking forward to days full of tennis, cycling and swimming. After meeting Lexi things start to change, he is drawn to this mysterious girl and wants to uncover her secrets. What caused her injuries and why do they get worse every time he sees her? Is there any way he can protect her from something that has alre ...more
Suze Lavender
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daniel's dad is taking Daniel to Leisure World Holiday Complex for some time away together. Daniel hates exercise and is overweight, so he isn't happy with this choice. His father wants them to get healthy, which means he tries to force Daniel to spend time doing what he hates the most, sport. Daniel is struggling in many different ways. His father is depressed and he's drinking too much, so it's Daniel's task to look after him. The holiday is a complete disaster and Daniel has an entire week to ...more
Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)
I can't quite remember when I picked this up. I think it was before Christmas. But I do remember the reason. It was short, and I had a buy one get one half price offer to complete. By the time I got it home, I was doubting that it would be any good. Shame on me, because this was a solid book.

It's narrated by Daniel, a slightly overweight teenage boy whose parents are getting divorced. His father takes him to leisure World (think Butlins, or Centreparks...I'm assuming, but I've never
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Daniel's father dragged him to Leisure World for a little holiday--something to do after Daniel caught his mom cheating. The sports-averse Daniel would rather be nearly anywhere else, until he meets Lexi. Lexi is beautiful, and smart, and troubled: every day, her wounds get a little worse. She won't talk about it, until Daniel gets caught in the same loop: (view spoiler) ...more
Jade West
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing book!!
For starters it didn't try to offer some scientific explination for what was going on, so it didn't confuse or bore me. Also the writing was good, feelings were real, and the main character wasn't a paper cut, automatically fit person.
Now the one this I didn't like would be the fact that they pretty much started dating in three days. I'm a type of person who thinks dating and love can happen quick, but requires time. And the ending couldn't have been that way.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's not often I sit down and read a book in one sitting, but I did with this one. The book was a short, easy to read but gripping. A very spooky ghost story, which might have seemed a bit predictable, did turn into an entertaining read. I'm looking forward to meeting the author next week.
Lu Gualdieri
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Wow. Really good, but not at all what I expected...
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can you save someone from something that has already happened?

From the beginning, he knew Leisure World would not be so relaxing. Daniel Lever spends a harrowing week at an English holiday sports complex, where he befriends the ghost of a young woman doomed to repeat the last brutal hours of her life. Throughout this book, Daniel and his father try their absolute best to avoid the reality of society and possibly enjoy each other's company. However, Daniel's father has his ex-wife stu
Emme Peters
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A teen tries to find himself, while trying to save his family and a friend who needs saving from a mysterious figure. Daniel Lever’s life is falling apart. He got kicked out of school, his family is falling apart at the seams and to top that off his dad is turning into a alcoholic. Daniel is overweight teen, who is antisocial and doesn’t have many friends. For winter break Daniel is dragged to Leisure World for some “time away” with his alcoholic dad. On the first day on vacation the baggage man ...more
MariBeth VerHelst
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A story about a self angered teen boys summer on vacation, looking to reconnect his relationship with his depressed, drunk father, but meets a ghost-like girl.

Daniel Lever is a teenage boy who has gone through some tough times in his recent past. After his mom moved out, he struggled with anger and frustration towards himself and his father. When Daniel's mom left, it put his father in a depression, and led him to drink heavy amounts. Daniel’s dad (Rick) decides Daniel and him are going to go o
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook of this book for #antibullyreads a readathon to raise awareness of bullying and money for charities against bullying.

Daniel, the protagonist, is an overweight teen whose parents have just split up, his dad is not doing too well and takes him to a resort based around exercise for a 'holiday'. There he meets Lexi, a girl that there is more to than meets the eye - why are her bruises worsening? Why are other people unable to see her?

This is a nice book, albe
Jayde Louise Ball
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Such a fascinating, heartwarming book. One that I've read before, and will certainly read again!
I love the fact that Daniel and Lexi are so real. Daniel has body confidence issues, and believable hopes, and genuine reactions. Lexi's emotions are understandable and she has a lot of wise things to say. This book shows a fantastic perspective of a teenage boy dealing with the divorce of his parents and a strange occurrence in his life, and just trying to cope with it all. I'm happy I've finis
Piano Puangthong
Finished this in 3 days. Very addictive and a page turner.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read it 2 years ago and is still one of my favorite reads .
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The Race Against Time
By: Jossalin Howell

Edward Hogan has brilliantly captured the true meaning of a mystery novel. Daylight Saving walked me through so many twists and turns. We’ve all heard of the “who killed her” mystery, but nothing like Hogan’s mysterious girl novel. This book was never predictable, and always left me wanting more. He phenomenally wrapped me around his finger as this novel took over my mind.
The author has a horrifying way of taking a young adult’s t
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the book Daylight Savings the author symbolizes a mysterious girl, Lexi, to help the main character, Daniel, to overcome his fears and self esteem. Lexi seems to help Daniel let go of his worries and sort of just live in the moment. For example when Lexi takes Daniel to run through the yards on the other side of the lake, it shows Daniel letting go and living life in the moment. When Daniel learns Lexi’s true story, he feels responsible for her. The power of their new friendship causes him to ...more
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted) by: Library
Okay, one of the first things I loved about this book is that it is from a male protagonist POV. I have hardy ever read a book from this POV. I also love that he wasn't 'ripped' or 'drop dead gorgeous', Daniel is just a normal kid. There is also real family problems featured in this book, it feels real and as if you know these people.

The book flowed really well and even though you had several different sub-plots going on, it never got confusing. From the beginning I knew how this book wo
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

When Daniel goes to Leisure World Holiday Complex with his dad, his exceptions are low. He doesn't like sport and he's uncomfortable with his body. And let's not get started on his dad's issues. So when Daniel meets Lexi, a mysterious girl, by the lake, things look like they're on the up. She's smart and makes him laugh. But, is it his imagination or does Lexi's wounds look worse every time they meet? And why does Lexi wear a watch that goes backwards?

Serendipity Reviews
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I begin reviewing this book, I have to mention the book cover. If you saw my Really Random post last Tuesday, you would have seen the animated version of it and I have to say it truly is incredible. I was lucky enough to hear about the thought process that went into producing this cover and I found it thoroughly amazing.

As the story begins, you don't feel you are about to embark on a ghost story, but you are aware of a dark and sinister undertone as you analyse the first line. The book i
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been so excited about this book ever since I was lucky enough to chat with Ed at the Walker Books book bloggers event at the end of last year. Everything about it was fab – the concept, the cover, the blurb, and then it arrived it was so shiny I had to stroke it for a few minutes before I even started reading it.
And it so didn’t disappoint.

One thing guaranteed to make me do a little happy dance is when we get strong male characters in fiction, and whilst Daniel isn’t you
Amy Licht
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what this book was; I was just in the library looking for a short-ish YA book to read and I stumbled upon this one. I usually don't go for supernatural-type books, but like I said, it was short, so I thought I'd give it a try.

To be honest, this book is not something that I would rave about, but I enjoyed it for what it was. The main character, Daniel, is a somewhat damaged teenage boy, struggling with his parent's divorce (which he believes he played a part in) as well
Book Twirps
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I requested this one on Netgalley, I totally must have missed the part of the summary that said it was a ghost story. So, imagine my (pleasant) surprise when I went in expecting a contemporary novel and wound up reading something that was definitely more than I expected -- in a good way.

When Daniel's father drags him to a sports complex for a father/son getaway, Daniel's expectations are low. He hates sports, and there's no possible way for him to enjoy himself, especially when
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“On the day Daniel arrived, he thought that he had saved her life.”
Daniel and his father Went on Vacation together In Leisure World, which was one of Europe's biggest sport holiday complex. Daniel didn’t want to go but he father insisted and dragged him along because he couldn’t stay at home after a small tragedy happened in their family. Daniel was not a sports kind of guy, He was pretty convinced that he wouldn't enjoy his time in Leisure World because again, he's not a sports person but
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Buzzwords: Divorcing parents, psychological trauma,swimming, body image, boy POV, (view spoiler)

"It was the night when the clocks go back -- the last Saturday night in October. It was one thirty Sunday morning when we let the bar. But when I woke up, I looked at my watch, and it was five past one" (p.107).

Daniel's going through a hard time when he meets Lexi. His parents are divorcing, he's been having hallucinatio/>"It
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are first introduced to Daniel as he is in his way with his Dad to  a Leisure World Sports holiday complex.  Daniel is overweight and hates sports so he thinks its pointless going to the sports holiday complex, until he meets the mysterious Lexi  There are things that we don't know about both Lexi and Daniel, and as the story progresses we find out what Daniel blames himself for and why he ended up on holiday with his Dad.

I loved the mystery of Daylight Saving and how Daniel pieces toge
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Edward Hogan’s first adult novel, Blackmoor, was short-listed for the London Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thomas prize. Daylight Saving is his first young adult novel. He lives in the U.K.
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