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White Rabbit, Red Wolf

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,581 ratings  ·  384 reviews
Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as wel
Paperback, 396 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Walker Books Ltd.
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C.G. Drews
This was very good and also I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. Talk about a mind splattering twist?! Seriously I don't even know how to review this because I loved it a lot but I am so hella confused as to what even was going on. And why. And omg maths. Lmao I sometimes count my books but that's about it and this was like "THE SQUARE ROOT OF 9489 IS = " ... it is my eyeballs bleeding. That's the answer.

So I did go in with slightly messed up expectations.
Possibly because I don't read blurbs. My bad, sir, my ba
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, owned, underrated
"Sometimes an idea can be the best on offer and still suck enormous elephant balls."

Yeah, and if you think you're gonna get away unscathed from reading this book, you better be warned that it will hurt like being punched in the face by equally enormous elephant balls.
So there's that.

As funny as this sounds - and this book has some hilarious moments, I'm telling you - none of it is fun and games. So your favourite character? Probably gonna be stabbed during the first few pages. Might end up dead,
Whispering Stories
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This is one of those books that is hard to write a snippet of because you don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll try. Our narrator is Seventeen-Year-Old Peter Blankman. Peter has anxiety issues, he’s a maths genius and constantly attacked by the school bully. When he has a bad ‘episode’ he eats and if he can’t find food he eats whatever is to hand, this is how we begin the story with Peter sat in the larder at home with blood pouring from h
Shaun Hutchinson
WTF did I just read? I'm not entirely sure, but I'm sure it was awesome. Twisty and mind-bending and utterly original. ...more
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Peter is a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder that manifests in intense panic attacks. When his scientist mother is nearly assassinated and his twin sister, Bel, goes on the run, he's forced to analyze the facts and figure out what's going on without the two pillars in his life. Running from the same organization that is hunting his sister and claims to be working with his mother, he joins forces with a girl who might be his ene
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ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Soho Teen and Random House!!)

before picking this one up, keep in mind that the title of this book isn’t a lie, in spite of it being called This Story is a Lie. this book is unprovable. proving it true also proves it false. so it must be true, right? is it true that this story is a lie? is proving that this story is a lie true, also proving it
Lizzie Huxley-Jones
It is rare that I read a book so far ahead of publication nowadays. I try to read things as they come out, so they get promotion around their launch into the world. But sometimes, some books creep into my head. After hearing Tom Pollock read an excerpt of the first chapter at the Walker YA preview event, I couldn't hold back and I pried open my copy on the train home that night.

This book. THIS BOOK.

Sometimes I read a book that makes me feel so many emotions that I end up tweeting the author my f
Full review to come, but for now...

So there were good things and bad things here... For the most part it's interesting and approaches anxiety and OCD issues from and Own Voices standpoint, and there's a fair bit of action and mystery and so on.

I predicted certain twists and revelations right from the start, but there was still one that I didn't see coming until it hit right near the end.

I found the style really interesting, with every other chapter being a "recursion" or a memory that contribute
Ben Jackson
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2018
I'm not sure I can say anything without ruining this book for you other than I thought it was incredible. Please, go and read it!!! ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
The title says it all. Loop upon loop, lie upon lie, it isn't the narrator who is unreliable in this story, it is everyone around him. Just when you think you have it sorted there is another twist and you are duped again.

Pete is the shy mathsy nerd to his twin sisters confident angry, rebelliousness. These two are as different as siblings could possibly be yet there is a strong bond, they have been bought together by their love of their mother, a frightfully important scientist who is doing sec
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: ya, asd
2 stars - meaning it was bad, but not bad enough to earn the author a spot on my arch-enemies list.

I'm a sucker for a certain type of smart, isolated kid story. So I saw this book's description: math prodigy with anxiety disorder gets caught up in a world of espionage when his mother is stabbed and his sister disappears, and thought this might be my sort of thing.

I'd have been happy with either a Bruce Willis / Mercury Rising type story, or a more intimate, The Art of Starving type one.

I got ne
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
hello what was this book :o

RTC to come!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

This review is also available on my blog
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, arc-s
After reading reviews promising me that the less I knew about this book, the better it would be, I was of course expecting some surprises. So, naturally I spent most of the book thinking there was no way I would be tricked. I had it all figured out. Except I didn't, and Tom Pollock made me look a fool. This is a thriller on the surface, with mental health at its heart, and an entirely unreliable narrator you can't help but relate to.

There is something utterly compelling about reading from the p
The truth is, sometimes you begin a book and you're super into it, but the further in you get, the less into it you are and you realize not that it's a bad book -- I totally know the reader who'll love this -- but rather, it's not the right fit for you. So you let it go, make note of what worked well, and know that it'll be an utterly engrossing page-turner for readers who are itching for a fast-paced adventure full of twists, turns, lies, betrayals, and a great main character who struggles with ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant author with an excellent imagination.
If you asked me to tell you what White Rabbit Red Wolf was about, I would really struggle because it is honestly one of the most complex books I’ve ever read. What I could tell you is that this book is all about family, love, mental health, betrayal and so much more. This book is absolutely gripping and I couldn’t bear to put it down for long. The intrigue is there right from the beginning and every time I thought I knew what would happen next there would be a huge plot twist thrown down in fron ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is really a good book. It is a spy story, but also a math one and a drama. I had to refocus many times and think looking for flaws in the flow of events but in the end everything has sense in the universe.
BUT i want to talk about something else: the math. Yeah, probably your worst enemy (or in a few cases the most loved one).
I love mathematics, and studied a lot of it in college (now I am studying Computer Science and.. NICE book!). You can find Godel, a small intuitive demostration about a
Ankita Singh
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This story is a lie. My advice to you: Do not ignore the title. 

This book was absolutely wow. I mean, granted, YA is my favourite genre, but still this book, being a YA thriller still read more like a YA psychological thriller. And it was wow. Did I already say that? I'm sorry. 

As you can see, this book has been a shock. I loved loved loved it. It had action, it had adventure, it was exciting, scary, intense—as in, nail-bitingly intense—all at the same time. 

The characters were superbly created,
Karen Barber
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Touted as the new Curious Incident this is a very different book, and I think if you go into it expecting a lovable main character trying to make sense of the world around him you may be disappointed.
Peter is a mathematical genius. He uses maths to manage his extreme anxiety, and is convinced that maths has the answer to everything. Being that bit older than Haddon’s protagonist, he’s also got a slightly different take on the world.
From the moment we first meet Pete crouched in his kitchen havin
Wow, this sent me all over the place. Thrilling and unpredictable.

Not sure about that end, though.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That ending is the best and the worst thing at the same time!
I don’t know what I’m thinking right now. My mind is blown away, I guess...
Manon the Malicious
*4.5 Stars*

This was incredible. I don't even know where to start. I don't want to say anything about the plot because diving in without knowing anything really worked for me.
SO many twists, and I saw none coming...
Incredible characters.
An amazing story, an amazing book.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot write a long review for this book. Not because it isn't good, it really is, but because it'd be so easy for me to spoil something if I did.

White Rabbit, Red Wolf follows the story of a teen with issues. He has an extreme anxiety disorder, but the story is not about those issues and rather focuses on shocking events that unfold while he attends an event where his mother is due to give a speech about her work. The story is intense and told at break neck pace which means it is one of thos
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Woah! That was a trippy thrill ride of a book. As the title suggests you are never quite sure who or what to believe and even on finishing it I'm not quite sure what to think. One heck of a speed racing plot and more twists and turns than a curly wurly this is a YA thriller that could certainly be enjoyed by an older audience, just hang to your sense of what's up and what's down and nothing in this book is certain. ...more
Oh my GOD. I will never, ever be over this book. Ever. It is twisted and messed-up as all hell, and full of math-y brilliance, and the mental health rep is out of this world, and so are the twists and the gore and the thrill and the ending and I just...I have no coherence about this book. But if you are a thriller fan, you need it in your life.
Amy Plum
My Teen Book Club read this and gave it top ratings! Such an original book, with twists and turns that we never expected. This is my Must Read YA Book for 2018.

(Being a YA author, I don't leave stars for YA books.)
Amy Rush Da Silva
I received a proof copy of this book from my YA book club at my local Waterstones so thank you to them and Walker books.

I don’t usually read YA thrillers but after hearing some great early reviews I was intrigued. The premise of it was great initially but I wasn’t as engaged as I would have liked to have been. There were a lot of maths references and with me being someone who doesn’t like maths I felt lost. However, I loved how it brought mental health to forefront and being someone who suffers
Emmi Bee
I think this book sets itself up for big expectations with a tagline like "this story is a lie" - unfortunately for me, I feel like I have read quite a few similar things, so it wasn't an earth-shattering reveal by the end. Maybe 3* is a bit harsh with this being my only real let-down for the book but let's be honest, we're all reading this book for that lie, right?

I did like the story and the characters though. It was fast-paced and intriguing the whole way through. I really liked the maths the
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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