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Ink Me (Seven #4)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  278 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Bunny (real name Bernard) doesn't understand why his late grandfather wants him to get a tattoo. Actually, Bunny doesn't understand a lot of things, so it's good that his older brother, Spencer, is happy to explain things to him. But this is a task Bunny is supposed to do on his own, and nobody is more surprised than Bunny when, after he gets tattooed, he is befriended by ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I struggled to rate this book. As an adult with good literacy skills, I appreciated the bold choice to write this book phonetically as a character-building tool. I really did feel Bunny's struggle to understand his world and his simple outlook on everything. My struggle to read this absolutely make me feel his struggle to write. I was completely engaged in Bunny's journey from beginning to end, and at the end I felt as I'm sure his parents and brother did about how everything turned out. For mys ...more
Sigmund Brouwer
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far this year, it's one of the best I've read, any genre. Bias alert: it's in a series called Seven, and I've authored Devil's Pass, one of the books in the series. However, I should also point out that this book is not in the genres I usually read, so I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, and the craft of writing in this book is at an extremely high level -- much is said with simple words. The story is equally compelling. Get ready to bust a gut with laughter and two pages later, swa ...more
Tudor Robins
OK, so, Ink Me ... Well, if you've read the other reviews you'll know it's written phonetically. Here's how that went for me when I opened it:

Out loud - "Oh no! There's no way I can read this!"
In my head - 'You are so narrow-minded. You are an author. You should celebrate other author's efforts,' etc.

Then my boys intervened - you see we're reading Seven: The Series out loud, and we had just finished Jump Cut, which is the closest companion to this story (it's about Bunny's brother, and refers to
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This series has no particular reading order and I picked this one next because two of the books take place within Canada so I thought I'd get to one of those next and this author was totally new to me; I'd never even heard of him before. I've highly enjoyed every book in this series so far but have to say this one did not do much for me. The significance of the Grandfather is quickly forgotten in this entry after Bernard (everyone calls him Bunny) gets the tattoo as instructed in the will. Every ...more
Ruth Walker
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a remarkable book. I didn't know what to think at first but soon enough fell under the spell of the frank narration of Bunny (Bernard). Part of the Seven Series (a clever approach of conjoined books designed to engage young readers) "Ink Me" follows the adventures of one of seven grandsons, each bequeathed with a 'task' set by their departed Grandpa as part of his will.

But this is Bunny's story and Bunny is a special needs young man. Bunny follows Grandpa's directions and goes for a tattoo.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seven grandsons were given a task to complete from their now deceased grandfather. Bunny has received his task and it was to get a tattoo. Simple, right? Well that's what Bunny thought until he ends up befriending a person named Jaden and becoming part of a gang. As he gets closer with the gang, he realizes that they're not who they appear to be. Bunny must chose between his new friends that do bad things and what he knows to be right. Bunny chooses his friends and ends up living by the motto hi ...more
Shonna Froebel
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
This book is the fourth in Seven: the Series, following Between Heaven and Earth, Lost Cause, and Jump Cut). Seven cousins are each given a task to do by their grandfather as part of his will. Along with the task, they are given the funds necessary to carry it out. Here, the cousin whose story it is is Bernard, nicknamed Bunny. Bunny is fifteen, big for his age, and developmentally delayed. His brother's story was told in Jump Cut and the books stories integrate with each other. Bunny's task is ...more
Elvina Barclay
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was very excited when I first heard about this series and was happy to receive this book from Orca for review.
The story is told in the voice of the main character, Bunny, and as such we have to try and read through his spelling and grammar mistakes. At first I found this very difficult but after a couple of chapters I got to like this, it added to my understanding of Bunny and his character.
The story is set in my neighbourhood of Mimico (southern Etobicoke) so I had a good grasp on the geogra
Neill Smith
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Bunny attends the reading of his grandfather’s will he is surprised that his grandfather has asked him to get a tattoo that his grandfather did not get the opportunity to get during his own lifetime. Bunny is a nice, well-meaning boy but he doesn’t always understand all the events that happen around him. However he decides to get the tattoo. Unfortunately the tattoo shop picked by his grandfather has changed hands and there is a slight mixup – unknown to Bunny his tattoo identifies him as a ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, orca
Bunny knows when people call him stupid that it's pretty much the truth. But he does ok in the world, and his brother, Spencer, ensures that he doesn't get into too much trouble. When the boys' grandfather dies and assigns each of them to fulfill a task, Bunny doesn't understand why he's supposed to get a tattoo. The ink he gets turns out to have gang affiliations; Bunny doesn't understand this and gets himself into a jam. Told with Bunny's language and spelling as a mentally challenged teen, th ...more
This is by far my favourite of the first 4 books that I've read in this series. The author, Richard Scrimger, takes a huge risk by placing readers inside the mind of a 15 year old boy with huge cognitive issues. Alas we have the character of Bunny. Everything that Bunny writes is spelled out phonetically. This forced me to slow down my reading to fully understand the story. Bunny gets caught up in a gang (not unheard of for young kids). They accept him for who he is, and he repays them by stayin ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Ink Me is an interesting take on someone with low IQ. There aren't many novels where the main character is intellectually challenged; usually they are a side character, used to show the main character's empathy. Because it's Bunny writing the story, everything is phonetically spelled. That makes it a tad difficult to read and may put off a lot of readers. The gang brings Bunny the friendship and loyalty he craves, but he is not able to comprehend what they are setting up. He has no filter, just ...more
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ted Staunton's Jump Cut set a new standard for the Seven series and Richard Scrimger in Ink Me ain't letting us down with this marvellously inventive novel that truly gives voice to Bunny O'Toole, younger brother of Spencer, and a kid who is marginalized by being different because as he tells us, "he's a dummy". Perhaps to the outside world but Scrimger's absolutely fantastic first-person narrative brilliantly empowers Bunny by letting him tell his very wild story in his own very distinct fashio ...more
Akie L
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this as part of a book club. I really didn't like the book, but I did meet the author and he was just pretty weird. However, one thing he did with us was have a draw on whose name could be featured in his next book. My name was drawn, and I had to send him an email with my hobbies, and things that I liked, but there's no way I'm reading the other book because this one was so boring, so if anyone has read the book he published after Ink Me, tell me if my name is in it. :/
Amy Morgan
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written in YA slang. Since I am used to reading this type of writing, it wasn't hard to read. Interesting book about a young boy trying to carry out a task from his grandfather's will. Would be interested in reading the other books in the series.
Cassie Rowse
Oct 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
This whole book is written with grammar and spelling worse than my kindergartner. I couldn't even get past the fist chapter.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The writing style and poor grammar are exactly what is needed to draw you into the interesting world of Bunny. Great read.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Ink Me, A Humorous Book With an Interesting Character

To start off this review, Ink Me is one of the books from the series “Seven” made by multiple authors. The basic plot of the series is that a grandfather of seven grandkids David Mclean, has passed away and upon death he gives his grandchildren odd and different tasks for each child.
In Ink me, the story is about Bunny, (real name Bernard) a teenage boy who considers or knows himself as a person of low IQ or special needs, is asked by his dec
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the concept, but as a adult reading it I found it very difficult to get through as it is written phonetically and in text speak. I ended up getting the audio version to finish. Good story though.
Bunny (Bernard) follows the wishes of his dead grandfather when he goes to a "sketchy" tattoo parlor and gets a tattoo of a candle and "15". Turns out it's a gang tattoo. When he helps a bullied boy, the phrase "wrong place, wrong time" comes into plau as Bunny, a rather large, very strong, yet low intelligence boy, is pulled into the gang world.
One of seven books, each about a grandfather's seven grandchildren, this book is difficult yet engaging. Written with phonetically spelled words(the sam
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, canadian
I almost put this book down a few pages in because I struggle with books riten lik this, and the entire book was narrated by the main character, who appears to have a mild intellectual disability. But I trust Richard Scrimger so I stayed with it. Miraculously that aspect disappeared and I became riveted by the story. It's hard not to give too much away in a review of a short book, but essentially this tells the story of Bunny, a 15-year-old boy who, in fulfilling a task left to him by his grandf ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book after I got used to it. The narrator writes phonetically which is challenging at first. It reminds me of Flowers for Algernon. The main character, Bunny, is feeble minded and left with the task of getting a tattoo as part of his grandfather's final request. His grandfather wants him to live and experience great adventures. The adventure that Bunny undergoes is a lot more complex than anyone would have ever guessed, but it is exciting to see how far Bunny can go despite not be ...more
Mrs.  Garza
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read! The text is phonetically spelled and makes me appreciate how hard it is for some students to write and read books. This book is part of a series titled Seven.
Seven grandsons receive envelopes at their granfathers funeral. Bernard, or Bunny as his family calls him, is not smart but has a gentle and kind soul. His envelope instructions involve a tattoo parlor on the bad side of town. What happens next is a whirlwind of a story involving a boxing gym, friendship, loyalty, good gu
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It would've probably never crossed my mind to pick up Ink Me in a bookstore if it weren't for Richard Scrimger's visit to my school. At the beginning of the book, it was a bit difficult for me to adjust to the phonetic writing. After a few pages, I barely had to focus on the words and make out what they meant. When I come to imagine the writing to be normal, the charm of the story just seems to fade so I've got to say that writing this book phonetically was a wise decision! I greatly enjoyed thi ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An OK story but not quite as good as the other books in the Seven Bundle. The plots of all these books are a bit far-out but they make for good adventures and good reading even if they are all a bit implausible. This one is as well written and edited as the others and even with the phonetics is pretty easy reading. However even with suspending of all my disbelief I can't quite accept that a boy challenged with Bunny's disability would be allowed, by his parents and by society, to fall through th ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Even though I understand that the grammar and spelling were incorrect on purpose because of the main character's first-person narrative, it slowed me down while reading it. Aside from that, it was actually a good book. I liked the main character as a person. And this is the second book I've read that made me realize just how easily your life can change for the worse based on one bad decision or one misunderstanding.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-school
That tattoo shop was so unprofessional. Bunny went into to get tattoo and then things started to change. He did make some friends but what kind of friends did he make that led him to jail. Hmm........ This book is a bit rough to read since Bunny is mentally delayed young man and his spelling is atrocious.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-7-and-up
I really can't tell how I feel about this book. It definitely hooked me and I couldn't stop reading. Totally not the ending I expected. The writing drove me nuts but would the story have been as good written in proper English? Probably not. It really gave him his voice. I'm interested to hear what some of the students think of it.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
i read this to my 10 yr old as the author visited his school and my son became very interested. There is a lot of talk about gangs, guns and drugs which to me isn't appropriate for a 10 year old. Also i m glad I'm reading it and not him as it's written so poorly, for effect, it would probably set my son back a few notches. He is loving the storyline and suspense.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Really hard to read as it is written in the way that Bunny, not the brightest boy, would write it. the story is hilarious and keeps the reader interested. I suggest to read it in once sitting if possible. I found once I got used to the writing I could read it a lot easier then if I set it down and came back to it later.
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I was born with very little hair and very little feet and hands. They all grew together and I still have them, together with all my organs except tonsils. I do not have four children -- they have me and we all know it. I write and teach and talk about writing and other things. Actually, I talk a lot. I’m right handed, my car has a dent in the passenger side door, and my blood type is A-. The motto ...more
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Seven (7 books)
  • Between Heaven and Earth (DJ #1; Seven #1)
  • Lost Cause (Steve #1; Seven #2)
  • Jump Cut (Spencer #1; Seven #3)
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  • Devil's Pass (Webb #1; Seven, #6)
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