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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,792 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Things start to happen when Lucas arrives on the island. Who is he? Where does he come from? What does he want? And why do other people hate him so much? Caitlin's life changes from the moment she sees him. Lucas is the strangest, most beautiful, most unforgettable boy she has ever seen. ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2003)
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Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Where has this book been all my life? I am still just in complete awe of this book, but more-so "Lucas" himself. I don't know if you have read Stargirl but if I were to describe Lucas, the first comparison that comes to mind is Stargirl. Simply because they share such similar traits in my opinion. Both are very mysterious and have an "Out of this world" presence. The way I felt when I finished Stargirl was the exact way I felt the moment, I finished Lucas. Speechless and filled with unanswered q ...more
Aly (In Wonderland)
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lucas is one of the first books I read when I moved to England and one of the only books that have stayed with me, year in and year out, to this day. I lost my copy in the final move we made four years ago, but today, I found a copy at the market!

MAN, I can't wait to reread this <3
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens
'Lucas' is the story of a very different boy who wanders into a small sea town. He also manages to captivate young Caitlin McCann's heart without doing anything.

I loved this book, it was riveting, addicting and unrealistic but so good! Lucas was such a mysterious character that I had to rush through the book to see what he does next! He's sexy, suave and mature without coming off as a typical James Bond like character. Cait is a 15 year old girl, struggling with being a woman in an all male hou
Cora Tea Party Princess
No matter how many times I read this book, I still hope for the ending to change. I know it never will, I know what happens is inevitable and will leave me in tears, but I still read with hope.

This book is haunting. Once you read it, it will stay with you forever. A hot summer day will make you think of it. Seeing swans will make you think of it. Seeing kids trying to grow up too fast will make you think of it. A wild storm will make you think of it. You'll never get away from this book, you'll
Brigid ✩
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody!
Amazing book. Uh-may-zing. From the second I picked it up, I wanted to just keep reading and reading. It was one of those books that everyone read a few years ago that I hadn't read, so I figured I'd check it out. I expected something light, you know, a sort of "transition" read. But this is a very dark and haunting story, the kind that I won't be forgetting for a while––maybe not ever. Kevin Brooks does a fantastic job with unfolding the plot and making the reader wonder about abstract concepts ...more
Jul 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Where do I begin...???

I bought this book because it had a 4.03 rating on Goodreads and so many people said it was "amazing" and "absolutely breathtaking" (see other reviews) so I figured, hey, it's gotta be good, right?


It's one of the most boring and pointless books I have ever read. It's over 300 pages and, I swear, the first 100 pages are pointless set up -- countless descriptions of the setting (and island off the northern cost of England) and the drama going on in young Caitlin's life.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-books
I love this book it's raw emotional and so vivid that it makes me cry almost every time I read it. It's just THAT awesome!I absolutely love it and for 5 years straight it has been my favorite, many novels come and go but Lucas always remains on my shelf in a place of honor.Many times in life people feel like the loneliness in a crowded room and Kevin Brooks shows the stark reality of those feelings, the abject loneliness of someone who doesn't quite fit, like the dented piece of a jigsaw puzzle ...more
Morgan F
From the moment Caitlin first sees Lucas, she knows everything is going to change. Caitlin is 15 years own and lives on a small island town in England. Her widowed father is a writer and a bit of a drunk, her older brother is turning into someone she doesn't recognize, and even her best friend is pressuring her to grow up. But Cailtin is still trying to figure out who she is, made all the more confusing with the appearance of Lucas. Lucas is homeless, a mysterious "gypsy", that has wandered into ...more
Terry Brooks
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read the one book written by Brit Young Adult author Kevin Brooks (no relation) that I hadn't gotten to earlier. I love his work. It is edgy, raw and completely true. He writes about teens in difficult situations dealing with issues that we are all struggling about - drugs, murder, sexual identity and others. Lucas is the title of the book. It is about a young man who appears on an island off the coast of England. He might be a Gypsy and he might be magic. He is immediately disliked and m ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
5 Words: Prejudice, hate, love, kindness, hope.

5 More Words: It broke my freaking heart.

This book breaks me every time I read it.

I always feel hope, that the book is going to change just a tiny bit and not obliterate my heart.

I never does.

And yet I still love this book.

You've reached the maximum number of re-reading sessions
When I started reading this, I had a fair idea of what was going to happen eventually. Not the how, but the what--if that even makes sense.

Cait said she'd cry herself a story, said it was better than to let sadness die inside her. And she did. She wrote the events of 2 weeks, with complete honesty. It made me think: was that all it takes to write a good story? Tell the truth and be honest?

Brooks writes in a very smooth and casual yet not so usual way. He's pretty convincing as a girl and he seem
Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Kevin Brooks, however I think this book was a disappointment. I was expecting something more exiting and thrilling than this, especially after Candy. Actually I found this book rather boring. The characters are not defined and specific, thru out the whole book you keep forgetting who is who.

The main character Lucas is intriguing but nothing passed that. Caitlin is an average girl, without any spark. Something I am not used to, especially that those characters are fictional and I think so
Anastasia Adams
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very sad book for anyone who felt lonely or isolated at least once in their life. This book has so much meaning to it eventhough the words are very simple. I couldn't stop crying and didn't want the book to end like it did, but the ending is what the book is all about. The story is very dark and full of jealous and shallow characters, and what makes this book so extradinary is one character, one boy who you fall in love with even if he is not real. ...more
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this book, I was mad and swearing and didn't like it. I hate books with sad endings, especially wehn the author puts in lots of ambiguous stuff that's artsy and doesn't seem necessary to the story and seems like it is pointing strongly to an underlying meaning that just isn't easy to figure out. So why the four star rating, you ask?

Because once I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It nagged my subconscious, begging me to analyze it, even though I prefer books that ar
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When fifteen year old Caitlin befriends a homeless boy one summer, she makes a decision to be a part of his life in spite of what the neighbors think, an unpopular choice for a motherless girl with an alcoholic father and an older brother turning out just like his dad. Lucas's appeal goes deeper than his mysterious past and enigmatic appearance; the two share a quiet appreciation for nature as well as the loss of their mothers and an appreciation for art. One evening, Lucas saves Cait from the i ...more
Nafisa Nuzhat
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages above 12
Shelves: my-favourite
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Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was totally engrossed in this YA Fiction novel about a free-spirited boy who suddenly "appears" on a remote island off of Great Britain. Islanders don't take kindly to strangers, so Lucas' landing on the island causes a great commotion. Cait McCann first spots Lucas walking alongside the road, carrying his belongings in a green canvas bag. Cait is riding in the car with her father and her brother, Dom, whom they have just picked up at the airport. When their car passes Lucas, Cait's eyes meet ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas reminds me of Travolta's film Michael. Here we have the mysterious stranger who comes to a regular type of community. He seems to have no past and no future, and lives only in the present. He is fearless, lives off the land and has a presence that encourages peace and acceptance to the people who accept him the way he is. He also seems to be able to read people he has observed, but never met. It is like he can see into their souls, their inner emotions and basic nature. But he also has a d ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much I didn't want it to end. I can't get it out of my head and that's how I judge if it was good or not. Kevin Brooks did a great job writing in a teen girls voice. He hit the fears and emotions that many teen girls know and live through.

Right off I loved the two main characters, Caitlin and Lucas. They were solid and complete. For me they were real and believeable. (Plus I have a fondness toward gypsies,(Lucas)and I'm always thrilled when they come out as the
Hannah Parker
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book review thing ever! I don’t have the book with me and I can’t remember all of the names of people and other things.

You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” well I did. I just looked at the cover and thought, “wow this book looks so old. And the guy looks creepy. He looks like a stalker.” But my Liberian recommended it to me, so I thought that I would try it out.
Then it was lying next to my bed, for like 3 weeks. I finally ran out of books to read (and it was
I read this book in the summer of 'O8, and though it took a couple of chapters for me to really be grasped by this book, I ended up quite fond of it.
It was an odd sort of love/friendship story, between Cait and Lucas. I don't think Keving Brooks aimed for it to be a love story, but Cait obviously cared very much for Lucas. (Poor Simon :[ ) I can't say I've ever met a stranger and ultimately become one of the few people on an island that liked him, but I think I can kind of sympathize with the
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is willing to understand a different pattern of society instead of being afraid of it
This was one of the most influential books I had ever read in my life. I have met a boy who's nearly exactly like Lucas, also very misunderstood by society and pushed aside because of the things he has that they are afraid of. He's so different from the majority of us, and most find this hard to accept, but it's exactly these kinds of individuals that change our world that is so mediocre and cliche-ed. Lucas in Kevin Brook's novel represents the side of the individual that might be hidden throug ...more
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
This book is about a guy who goes and lives in an island where everyone gossips about everyone. Lucas is different from them. He doesnt gossip or hang out with them, insted he just stays in his own. most of the people find him dangerous and creepy because of his lifestyle, except for one girl who knows him for who he really is. He's very kind and caring, adn has a very good heart, but the islanders chose not to look at the other side of him. He was accused of trying to drown a girl, when in the ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter reccomended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did. When she was reading it we often had the following discussion:

Me: It's time to come to dinner.
Her: *eyes devouring the page* Uh-huh
Me: Really. You need to stop reading and eat.
Her: Uh-huh.
Me: Now!
Her: *reluctantly puts the book down*

I'm more sympathetic now. Kevin Brooks does such a good job of sucking you in and keeping the tension high throughout the whole of this book that putting it down to get some work done was a very diffic
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
A daringly adult and dark 'Young Adult' dark romance… with a Traveller, and a family on the outside and their daughter, on an island dominated by not very nice people. This is the sort of darker material Young Adult writers should deal with as Sarah J Maas has proven so well. 6 out of 12.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the few 'normal' books I really enjoyed because it shows how cruel this messed up world can be and how people prefer to avoid the unknown instead of trying to meet it. ...more
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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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