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They say we’re dangerous. But we’re not that different.

Jude is running out of time. Once a year, lucky young men in the House of Boys are auctioned to the female elite. But if Jude fails to be selected before he turns seventeen, a future deep underground in the mines awaits.

Yet ever since the death of his best friend at the hands of the all-powerful Chancellor, Jude ha
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2021 by Little Tiger Press Group
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Marieke du Pré
Look at the rating, this such a powerful YA story!

My name is Jude Grant and I am alive.
Put this YA on your TBR, buy it! It’s mind blowing, unique, gripping and beautifully written. Swapping gender roles, the world turned upside down. Underage boys being sold to female elite at an auction. And if not, a future in the mines awaits.

Sometimes I start reading a book, doubting if I would like it. Like this one. But from the moment I read one page of The Boy I Am, I knew it would be a five star read,
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Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5⭐️

⭐️ BLOG TOUR ⭐️
Thank you to @kaleidoscopictours @kl.kettle & @littletigerbooks for my copy of The Boy I Am as part of the blog tour.

⭐️ What’s it about?!

Jude is running out of time. Once a year, lucky young men in the House of Boys are auctioned to the female elite. But if Jude fails to be selected before he turns seventeen, a future deep underground in the mines awaits.
Yet ever since the death of his best friend at the hands of the all-powerful Chancellor, Jude has been desperate to escape
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C.G. Moore
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
K. L. Kettle flips the script in her debut, 'The Boy I Am'. Set in a matriarchal world, Kettle explores the social and cultural impacts on boys, mirroring the challenges and stigmas that women face in the day-to-day world. Exploring gender roles and ideas of friendship and abuse, Kettle exhibits first-class world-building and incredible character development, culminating in a nail-biting conclusion that will leave readers wanting more. Highly recommended. Add it to your TBR list now! ...more
Sara
Dec 17, 2020 marked it as to-review
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🌠
Louise Gooding
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has been likened to a YA, gender swapped, Handmaids Tale, or The Power.
Well, it’s neither. It’s better. So so so much better.
Super grateful to be given an advance copy of this book so i can shout at you all to add it to your reading list!
K.L.Kettle looks set to storm into the YA world, especially with this as her debut.
Jo McKenna-Aspell
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have three indicators of a really good book: I stay up far too late reading, I tell other people to read it so I can discuss it with someone and I have to take a break before I pick up a new book (AKA the book hangover). This hit all three.

I notice other reviewers commenting that “The Boy I Am” has much in common with Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Sure, I can see the obvious parallels often found in dystopian fiction but I feel it shares more with Alderman’s “The Power” or Blackman’s “Nough
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scottiesandbooks
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“It’s not like it doesn’t happen to every boy. A grab here. A grope there. Small belittling moments we’re meant to endure, because it’s girls being girls. Shouldn’t we be grateful? Flattered? And when they don’t even know they did anything wrong, what? We’re meant to apologise?”

The Handmaids Tale
Noughts & Crosses
The Hunger games

What do these books have in common? The subject matter. Suppression. Suppression of women, a race, a class. All powerful novels set in a dystopian world. The messages are
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Hazel
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Imagine a world where women are safe from men. Imagine a world where women are in charge. Imagine a world where men no longer reduce women to something to flirt with or dismiss as beneath them. This is the way of life in K. L. Kettle's dystopian novel The Boy I Am. War has left the Earth in ruins, and it is no longer safe to go outside, yet humanity is surviving in tall, secure tower blocks overseen by the Chancellor. Men and boys are confined to the basement floors as a punishment for their beh ...more
Chantelle Hazelden
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, poignant, perfection.

That is how I'd describe The Boy I Am.

A world where women are in charge, where boys grow up as I guess slaves, under the watch of those women who hold all the cards.

But does that make it a better place to live?

Are they better off or are things no better than if men were to rule?

Jude (our main protagonist) isn't looking to change things, no he's look to save his friend but in the process he is destined to save so much more.

I was in awe of this story.

Unexpectedly eye
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Charlie Bury
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine the foggy air around you stank of sour eggs and your trousers were “splashed with veins of muck and dust” as you ran for dear life away from the Tower in the desert that kept you, locked and groomed by a power-hungry elite of masked women. Welcome to Jude’s dystopian world, a teenage boy bred by “Insem” in the House of Life, who is, like all the other Boys at the Auction, desperate to free himself of “debt” and become a man; perhaps to prove that he can control himself, and that to look ...more
Camilla Chester
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dark yet filled with hope, this was a thrilling (slightly exhausting) and intense ride.

I was happily flummoxed for the first few chapters but so intrigued to find out about this cruel world and how Jude fitted in with it all.

The story did lose me at times but the ending is richly satisfying, tying everything neatly together.

Really enjoyed it and definitely see it as a film. Reminded me of Mortal Engines at times - very fast paced.

Go read it!
Rachael Mills
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-owned
A powerful and incisive exploration of sexism in a dystopian world where traditional gender roles are swapped. Incredible.

*** Full review to come ***
Bee Jay
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is a slow starter - which is strange, because it literally starts in the middle; it took a while before I really followed everything that was happening - but once I caught up with what was happening everything flew. There's a lot going on in this novel; I don't want to risk spoiling it, so I'll only talk quite generally about it.

Imagine Only Ever Yours from the other perspective; boys are the ones being bid on and subjugated and pushed down. It's a thin genre, needs a few more entries, but
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Lisas Books, Gems and Tarot
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Little Tiger Books for this review copy!

Wow. This is such a moving, powerful story.

I loved Jude. My heart ached for him. I felt like he was so naive. He really didn’t know what to believe.

We are so used to reading stories where men are all powerful, but this time the women rule. It’s refreshing to read this from the male POV despite how awful the boys are treated.

I loved the relationships within the story, especially Jude’s friendship with Vik. He is full of anger that he lost his frie
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Carolyn
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for review.
An interesting subversion of the 'Handmaid's Tale' formula, a dystopia where men are the property of women. By reversing the "traditional" gender roles, we are given more to think about regarding the conversation around the structures of power and their abuses. Well written and thought provoking.
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Lost_in_her_bookland
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐲 𝐈 𝐀𝐦 ⁣
⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣

This book just kept getting better and better, stranger and stranger, thrilling and more thrilling, until the ending, that left me complete.⁣

This is a YA dystopian power novel but so different to the ones we are used to. This gives the women the power & makes the boys and the men the submissives, without an ounce of control. Jude is about to be auctioned to the female elite, women so corrupt, all they can see is perfection in themselves. Jude is desperate for
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Sally
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fast paced dystopian world where women are the elite and boys are auctioned. Disturbing but salient novel.

I enjoyed the story's constant pace; it's as though the author doesn't want you to take time for yourself because the protagonist Jude, isn't afforded that luxury.

Jude's lack of social intelligence due to his dystopian circumstance is clear. He has been groomed by the Chancellor's head boy to be auctioned to the highest bidder and through his grooming, tries to control his destiny by using
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Carola Ergis
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I'd give this book 3.5 stars. Its beautifully written but I couldn't get into it for the first few chapters. Got me hooked half way through though. Saying that, its not really my genre. Too far fetched for me, not realistic enough. However, I truly admire the author for thinking of such a story line and wish her all the best for the future.
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