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Black Rabbit Summer

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,456 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Thoughtful Pete, tough Pauly, twins Eric and Nicole, strange Raymond: As kids they were tight; now they've grown up--and apart. They agree to get together one last time, but, twisted by personal histories and fueled by pharmaceuticals, old jealousies surface. The party's soon over, and the group splinters off into the night. Into the noise and heat and chaos of the carniva ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Chicken House (first published February 2nd 2008)
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Erica May
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I recently remembered I read this book, but forgot what it was about and such. So, I decided to venture into the reviews, which were all following some sort of status quo: vote two stars, rave about Raymond, call the rest of the book total shit, etc. However, I will have to go against this, because as soon as I remembered the plot, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and instantly said, "I really liked this book." I loved Pete as a character, maybe even more than I liked Raymond. The book was rea ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I was a fifth grader, I read a book that changed my life. That book was Cryptid Hunters, by Roland Smith. A sci-fi twist of emotion, adventure and surprise - I laughed, I cried, I changed for the better as a person. I must have read and reread it a million times. Whatever. Amazingly, all my life until now (my junior year) this was the response to the oh-so-rarely-asked question, "What is your favorite book?"


Then I discovered Black Rabbit Summer. Now, sitting in the library on my own
Sara Grochowski
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Title: Black Rabbit Summer
Author: Keven Brooks
Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic)
Date Published: 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Main Themes: Missing persons, Friendship, Growing up, Drugs and Alcohol
Pages: 488
Plot (from book jacket):
"As kids they were tight. Now they've grown up - and apart. Before going their separate ways for good, they decide to get together one last time.
Just like old times.
Just the five of them.
Saturday night.
Nicole asked. How could Pete say no?
But the past hurts, personal histori
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kevin Brooks *slow claps*.

Once again you have shoved me into a world of mystery, tugged at my fangirl feelings, played with my mind and as a result left me utterly scarred for life.

Okay, first of all, this book is so beautifully entwined together with mystery, grim themes, brilliant characters and not to mention those staggering plot twists. It was going so well. I thought I loved it. I thought this book and I had a connection. I thought wrong. I was on the last chapter, devouring each page - a
Simon Howard
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a coming-of-age crime-thriller for teenagers. I'm not a teenager, and I'm not really a fan of thrillers. This book isn't for me. And yet, I thought it was awesome.

The plot centres around of group of friends in their mid-teens. As with any decent thriller, there's sex, booze, drugs and missing people. I've often said that moral ambiguity is the key to any good story, and you'll find that in abundance here.

This book might be marketed to teenagers, but the quality of the writing is ver
Jan 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Phyliss Proctor
Coming-of-age and friendship warp together with a dark mystery subplot in this YA novel. It's a good summer read as its title says.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

RTC I need to process my feelings
Tracy Terry
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given that this was a bit of a slow starter with a bit of an 'meh' ending you may be surprised to learn that I actually really enjoyed it.

A part coming of age, part crime, novel with twists and turns galore. A tale about the chaos of adolescence, marketed at the teen/young adult market; (without giving too much away) its main characters are teenagers (the main protagonist a 'typical apathetic' teenager), there's a secret den, there's a fair ground, there's illicit drug taking, there's violence,
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Brooks writes. I had to make myself go to bed at 3:00am but couldn't wait to wake and finish this book. He has a way of making you turn the page and forget time...that's bad for me...I should be doing other things but I love getting lost in his works.

I have to admit...I usually hate mysteries, I'm a thriller reader, so when I saw this was down as a mystery, I was hesitate. I really didn't want to give Brooks a bad review. This book was the first mystery that kept me guessing until
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
It started out interesting but it felt like the author was trying to be too obvious with the clues as to who was guilty and who wasn't. Like he treated us like we were too dumb to figure it out. I will admit I didn't quite figure out the murder, but all the other things they were wondering were so blatantly obvious. And the ending felt like a rip off. Like Brooks was trying to be original but he just left it unfinished.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting little book, but I really didn't like Brooks' choppy, flat writing style. On the bright side I thought the characters in Black Rabbit Summer were really original.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I fear nothing else Brooks has written will ever match the brilliance of Martyn Pig.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
See the full review on my blog:

This book was intense. The cover certainly did mind pointing that out, but nevertheless, this book was gripping.

The title alone leaves you wondering what will happen in this book and let me assure you, it will makes sense. Yes, there is a black rabbit.

The Plot

The book started off kind of slow, but I didn’t mind because the story itself and the characters were fascinating. It never got really fast, it basically follows Pete around that night and de
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Great style of writing, the characters were very relatable and you cared about what's going on. At first I thought it was a boy-meets-girl kind of thing, but it's more like a missing-person's murder mystery. Very intriguing and had me hooked very early on.

It's interesting because one of the characters is a thug-type who goes around with a knife threatening people, and turns out he didn't have anything to do with it, lol. What I don't understand is Raymond?

Basically, Raymond
Kerry Bridges
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pete has been friends with Pauly, Nic, Eric and Raymond forever but, as they get older, they are growing apart. All except for Pete and Raymond who will be friends forever. One night, the old friends meet up at the summer fair and suddenly Pete isn't sure who to trust. Apart from Raymond and he has suddenly gone missing.

I enjoyed this story of teenagers coming of age, it resonated with me as my children are of a similar age to Pete and his friends (although I am hopeful that they would never fin
Noah Clark
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 200 pages were kinda slow in my opinon but after that I was really Intrigued by the book and could hardly put it down.

So many questions were circling my head while reading the story:

Where is Stella?
Is she dead? If so, who killed her?
Where is Reyamond?
What's up with the black rabbit
Is Pete high?

And after reading this story i am still left with one unanswered question. (For those who has read the book i am sure you know What i am talking about...)

Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Okay!!!!!!So first of all, this has legit no rhyme or reason to it!!!!Is pete in love with raymond? is that why he is so obsessed with him!? Like Ray disappears, then is barely mentioned,; instead the story focuses on the main idea of stellas's death. felt like the author exagerrated the theme of homosexuality here. This book is so so confusing!!!And he killed off Paulie!!!What the heck!?
This is a dumb book, I did NOT like it at all. Sorry, kevin, but this book gets a 0/10 from me.
Bradley R
This was a really great book, the characters were so well written and had their flaws created so perfectly. I love a good thriller and a crime novel but this book also covers a lot of LGBT issues in a very blasé way, which was so refreshing. Black Rabbit Summer was recommended to me by a friend and I would thoroughly recommend it too!
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book but I liked it even though it isn’t my usual type of book. The story was interesting although I found all the lying tedious and a bit pointlessly tacked on to add drama. I wasn’t keen on the ending but I’m hard to please when it comes to endings. It was a pretty good read all in all
Julia Mulder
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is a little inappropriate at times but if you just skip through those parts the book is really good!
Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

(they never find Raymond)
Hitesh Mehta
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
i did not care for the ending, the main character is annoying at times especially in the last few pages. its an unsolved mystery., there are so many loose ends, he builts up the story so well but doesn't resolve it, something that reader expects the most WHAT HAPPENED TO RAYMOND ??
Nimra Shahzad
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only thing I didn't like is that we don't find out what happened to Raymond ... However, you can easily assume what might have happened to him
Nataile Sams
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Natalie Sams
English II
14 October 2011
Book Review C
Brooks, Kevin. Black Rabbit Summer. London: Puffin Books, 2008. Print.
Teenagers are exposed to temptations and peer pressure every day but it only takes one wrong decision to alter a life. These bad decisions are not evident until the consequences have already presented themselves. One wrong interpretation can led to a series of bad events and possibly, change in long-term goals. Narrated by a detective’s son, Peter Boland, Black Rabbit Summ
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Kevin Brooks, drug-addled narrators, YA mysteries
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Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jennifer Wardrip
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It's a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood, leaving old friends behind for a future beckoning with invitations of bigger and better things to come. There is a reason we outgrow friendships. Sometimes things are better left behind.

Peter wasn't even thinking when he got the phone call; after all, it was summer. If he would have been, he'd have stuck with Raymond and let the others go on without them without looking back. As it was, nostalgia
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham, Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983. Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, civil service clerk, hot dog vendor at the London Zoo, post office clerk, and railway ticket office ...more
“Friends. People you know. People you used to know. People you think you once knew, but you probably never did. You probably just knew a part of them, the part of them that was your friend. And the rest, the parts of them that you didn't know -the twisted parts, the untrue parts, the parts you're seeing now -well, back then you just ignored them. But now you can't. Because now you can see it all, and now you know that 'back then' wasn't all wonderful and innocent. It was just a time and a place, just like every other time and place.” 7 likes
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