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Naked '76

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  101 reviews
London, 1976: A summer of creation, destruction, and blistering heat.

Lili Garcia stands at the edge of London’s growling punk scene, playing bass with Naked, one of city’s wildest bands. The group’s success has only strained things between Lili and Curtis Ray, her cool, rebellious boyfriend and band mate. A born rock star, Curtis Ray’s got it all: talent, charisma, and hun
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Carolrhoda Lab (first published 2011)
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Sarah Also ich fand das Buch echt gut auch wenn ich weder zur Punkszene noch zum Nordirlandkonflikt wirklich Bezug habe. Die Geschichte ist vorallem am Ende…moreAlso ich fand das Buch echt gut auch wenn ich weder zur Punkszene noch zum Nordirlandkonflikt wirklich Bezug habe. Die Geschichte ist vorallem am Ende sehr emotional... Am Anfang war es meiner Meinung nach aber auch etwas langatmig .(less)

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L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
“You can’t make them unhappen. You can’t just leave them behind, because once they’ve happened, they’re part of you, part of your past, and their memories become part of your present, and their consequences become part of your future.

Things that happen become you.

And you can never leave yourself behind.”

I don’t think I can sufficiently made you understand how impressive the writing was: it was infused with emotions. How Kevin Brooks (who was totally obscure to me before picking this up!) wro
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best books I read are the ones I stumble on accidentally. I can’t even remember why I decided that I might like this book. I’m not a huge fan of the 70s. I have an aversion against bands in YA fiction. I’d never even heard of Kevin Brooks.

So why would I read this YA book about a fictional band in the 70s… written by Kevin Brooks?
Maybe I was feeling particularly crazy that day.
I don’t know, but I did and it was brilliant. Seriously, it was brilliant.
If I could sum up what this book wa
Lyndsey O'Halloran
I’d never read a Kevin Brooks book before this one but I know a lot of people rave about his writing so when I got the review request, even though it didn’t totally look like my kind of thing, I decided to give it a chance!

Each character in this book was so unique and different from the next and that was something I really loved. The main character, Lili, is quite sweet and innocent at the beginning and a massive contrast to Curtis, the boy who takes her under his wing. In one way, I kind of th
mimi (in hiatus due to uni)
*5 stars*

From what is understood that a book is a good book for you? Sometimes you understand when you read the first page and you realize that you can't wait to find out what story these pages contain; other times you come to a point where you are so involved that you don't stop reading even to eat or put yourself in a more comfortable position; if it makes you cry it can be considered a good book because it involved you enough to make you feel something when it's over. And then there are those
Stay Fetters
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I would have looked good, in an elegantly wasted kind of way... I would of looked cool, like I didn't care... I would of looked rock 'n' roll. But I wasn't."

Lila is quiet, pretty and plays the piano. At school, shes the loner and doesn't bother with people much.
Curtis is the school god. Everyone knows him, they want to be him and all the girls want a piece of what he's offering. Not only does he look good, but he's in a band. Girls always want what others want and can't have.
While practicing th
Jo Bennie
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b
This is the best book I have read in a long time. The Troubles (the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century) may be living memory for any of us over 30 but for teenagers they are history and a new book is needed to replace the likes of Joan Lingard's excellent Across the Barricades. Naked fills this space brilliantly with a narrative seen through the eyes of naive teenage girl experiencing sex, first love and painful loss of innocence during a blazing summer.

Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naked is one of those books by a well established author that you just know is going to be huge. While not entirely for me as I'm not sure I'm into the topic it covered I enjoyed reading it and I'm sure someone far more into music than me (or someone who can remember those early days of Punk) will devour and love it.

The thing that struck me most about this book is that the main characters voice is so brilliantly realistic. Reading this is actually like reading the diary of a teenage girl (grante
This is the first Kevin Brooks book I've read but it will definitely not be the last. This was a raw, exciting novel set in the burgeoning world of punk. The main character is Lili, a young classically trained musician who finds herself swept into this dirty, unglamorous music scene that began sweeping its way through 70's-era England. She finds herself becoming the bassist of a group called 'Naked' but is never really sure if she fits into this world.

The characters are at the heart of this nove
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This young adult novel is set in 1976, against the backdrop of London's growing punk rock scene.
Lili is a 16-year-old bass player in a flourishing punk band. I love her matter-of-fact point of view, and what feels like an insider's look at the beginnings of punk rock.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was stupid, boring, and pointless. Maybe someone who was really into the origins of the punk music scene would enjoy it. I honestly don't know. I considered giving it one star, but I have this odd feeling about how no-one forced me to read it, and I could have stopped at any time, so it couldn't have been that bad, right? And it didn't offend and the ending didn't ruin it or anything so . . . ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Naked ’76 is about a group of kids coming together during the infancy stage of punk rock. I have never heard of this author before but I will read anything that has to do with rock bands. This was quite a bit different than the norm for me but I have to admit that it was pretty good for a change of pace. There was a lot of name dropping of various punk celebs who were trying to make it with this new music which started over in England but this helped pull some of the music aspect into the story. ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Arthur 8:8

I was completely engrossed from the very first page: The story starts off with a woman, Lili, looking back on the year 1967 and what later followed. This is the time where she met two people that changed her life: Will and Curtis. Curtis was always known to be the rebellious bad boy at school. Everyone loved him, wanted to be like him or be with him. And so, it came a great surprise to Lili, when she got asked to audition for his band 'NAKED' even though she had no prior expe
Sian Clark
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very different to the other books of Kevin Brooks I have read. I kept forgetting it was one of his books I was reading, apart from the classic Kevin Brooks darkness and sadness. But it was good. It was really good. One of his best, even.
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
The story begins with a women reminiscing to a time in 1976. The year she came across both William and Curtis. Both would change her life, forever. Curtis has always been the cool, rebellious, bad boy in school. Both boys and girls adore and admire him, so when he catches her playing on the piano and gazing at her with his intense eyes she can't help but feel her heart flutter. She's ordinary and nothing special in her opinion so when he asks her to audition for his band "NAKED" she's shocked bu ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted on Fluttering Butterflies

Oh how much did I adore Naked by Kevin Brooks?! If I'm honest, I was slightly worried about it beforehand. Even though I'm becoming an increasingly bigger fan of Kevin Brooks with each of his novels that I read, I was still a little bit wary about reading a book set in the late 1970s AND a book about punk rock. Mostly because I wasn't born in the late 70s and have almost no knowledge of punk rock.

Even so, I loved this book to bits. Kevin
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This has to be my favourite Kevin Brooks novel so far. I read it over four days and I could feel how the characters were growing and changing, how they were going somewhere and I was going with them. I was born far too late to know how accurately this novel depicts the 70s, but I can safely say it's extremely well-written. I could smell the booze, feel the energy, experience the violence. Everyone says this, but there's no better way to say it: I felt like I was there.

I didn't expect Brooks to w
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is now a new favourite of mine, which is a bit of a shame considering that I've gotten it from the library. The main reason for my real and genuine love of this book was how real it felt. I genuinely felt, even though it's horribly over-done, like I was there, living it. I almost wish I did. Kevin Brooks captured the punk scene in the early days perfectly. It wasn't romanticised, people weren't portrayed as immediate geniuses. It showed the violence, the chaos, the pointless rebellious ...more
Filled with a very appealing look into the music world of the rock 'n' roll of the 70s, it seems fairly well researched and even reads like a chaotic mess of drugs, sex, and rock and roll. En point. But, who is the audience? I am not sure the average teen reader would pick up this story without a bit of prodding. It's also a bit on the long side. But I can see a few fans of it. Those musician types that would understand the passion to play alongside the grittiness of band life, performing, etc. ...more
Erin Sterling
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A student asked me for a tragic romance list recently, and this would fit the bill. But it's also great for those interested in the origin of punk music, not to mention that it also deals with conflict in Ireland and the IRA. I devoured this book, although the writing was a little...removed? I'm not sure I can explain it but it's basically a look-back at this year from the life of a girl in a punk band. ...more
LeAnn Suchy
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I absolutely loved The Bunker Diary, one of the best books I've ever read, so I was excited to try this one. It was okay. I think I would've liked it a lot more had 50 pages been trimmed, because a lot of scenes seemed unnecessary or too long and boring. Maybe less descriptions of the band and more IRA stuff? ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"William Bonney - the boy from Belfast known as Billy the Kid..."

Kazun Dakxhina
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its the awesome story i have ever read
Art Child
2.5/5 ⭐️, only because of William's storyline (which was the only thing that kept me interested enough to finish the book). ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't think I would like this book when I started - it seemed like it was trying too hard with the setting. But after a few chapters I was hooked! Lili's boyfriend starts a punk band in 1970's London, when the scene is just starting. But the real story is the love story that unfolds. ...more
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book broke me....I was sobering for the majority of the last part and I got soooo emotional that I could barely keep on reading.
Ash McKenna
London, 1976: a summer of chaos, punk, love . . . and the boy they called Billy the Kid.
It was the summer of so many things. Heat and violence, love and hate, heaven and hell. It was the time I met William Bonney - the boy from Belfast known as Billy the Kid.
I've kept William's secrets for a long time, but now things have changed and I have to tell the truth. But I can't begin until I've told you about Curtis Ray. Hip, cool, rebellious Curtis Ray. Without Curtis, there wouldn't be a story to tel
SJH (A Dream of Books)
This is the first Kevin Brooks book I've read. He's an incredibly popular author and as I've been wanting to read one of his novels for a while I was excited about the opportunity to review his new title. I also discovered while reading the press release that he hails from my home town so I was doubly pleased!

The main thing I enjoyed about 'Naked' was the way in which Kevin Brooks really captured the essence of the seventies and set about recreating the culture of the day, including the differen
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: teens, netgalley
This was an interesting insight to the music industry on the edge of a new genre. Punk was just starting to break through in the music world, yet the labels were not quite ready to take that leap yet. This book follows the band Naked, and especially bassist Lili, as they break into the scene and teeter on the edge of fame. Curtis, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, will do anything to be famous. He recruits pianist Lili into the band and converts her into a bass player. He is all about r ...more
Oh.My.God. I can't even begin to express how much I loved Naked. For me, it has to be one of the best books I've ever read. It was just THAT good. It had everything a perfect book needs. The first thing in Naked which got me hooked was the catch line. 'Live Fast, Play Dirty, Get NAKED'. Totally catchy right? And it totally sums up the story. Naked has romance, hardship, despair and a great bonus, music that reaches you to the very core!

Naked starts off with a woman, Lili, reminiscing in the yea
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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

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“You can’t make them unhappen. You can’t just leave them behind, because once they’ve happened, they’re part of you, part of your past, and their memories become part of your present, and their consequences become part of your future.

Things that happen become you.

And you can never leave yourself behind.”
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