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Killing God

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Dawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn't fit in and she couldn't care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it's all God's fault.

When Dawn's dad found God, it was the worst time ever. He thought he'd found the answer to everything. But that wasn't the end of it . . .
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sian Clark
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kevin Brooks is my favourite author and I have enjoyed every book of his I have read so far on my quest to read them all. Sadly, this one disappointed me :/ It felt like a kind of nothing-book. Not much happened, it was messed up and I just didn't really like the character or any of it in general. ...more
Why do I keep reading books by Kevin Brooks when I always feel ticked off by the end? Could it be the covers, appealing as hard-Candy? Is it the promising cover-leaf descriptions? Am I Being a sucker for marketing? Every time I get done with one his titles, I feel a bit cheated and a bit muddled, as if I've taken a turn down Road Of The Dead-ends. When will it Killing God on me that I just don't like what he does? [This last sentence would work better if I could have easily inserted 'Dawn,' inst ...more
Katie Mau
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because I was sexually abused as a child, this book made me think about some past memories. I spent nights crying myself to sleep feeling aweful. This being said, reading Dawn is more like an adventure through the darkest corners of one's mind. The reader must be prepared for great writing, but also great hardship if any kind of abuse (especially sexual) is in his or her past. ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was decently good, it just got pretty repetetive and boring after the first 100 pages.
Overall would recommend if you have the patience and dont get bored quickly, otherwhise i'd recommend staying away from reading this book.
Literary Han
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book even if it was majorly depressing and nothing like the novels I would normally read.

It tells the story of Dawn, a 15 year old who has every right to hate God even if she doesn't believe He exists. Two years previously Dawn's father becomes a born again Christian, after that he is obsessed with God and Christ and this then ruins Dawn's life.

It was heart aching and terrifying to see how something can change somebody's personality. It was real. Really real. The trauma D
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book; obviously it was written for people younger than myself but I think the younger me would have given it 4 or 5 stars. The narrator is a believable teenage girl and the story is good, with a lot of action at the end.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i've read this book a thousand times and i still love it very very much ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir
I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 because overall it was okay. I liked this book because it was like a mystery when Dawn's dad (main character) disappears and she's left with her mom. Dawn is kinda anti-socialist and doesn't have many friends. I liked this book because it was greatly detail but the book constantly talks about random things that doesn't really have to do with the plot of the book. I really do recommend this book. ...more
Carro Herdegen
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - PG-13 (68 swears, 16 "f"), Sexual Content - PG; Violence - PG
Dawn has one goal in life: to kill God. Dawn also has one problem with her goal: how do you kill something that doesn't exist?
I thought this book was really boring. There wasn't any action until the last 50 pages or so and it was just a story of a depressed girl and her depressed mom. Both those factors made Dawn really hard to read.
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I love Brooks' writing. The sass from Dawn throughout the story was on point and I found myself laughing out loud throughout the whole book... well, until the ending. Which was not what I expected. The story took an unique turn and for a 13y.o to be dealing with all that, it felt a bit much.

I still loved it.

It has some trigger points though so reader be wary.
Dylan De Leeuw
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It's a funny and entertaining story, but sometimes a little bit dull and long-winded. I think it's more a book for girls. A lot of parts are understandable when you are a teen too, so that's quite funny. ...more
Alexander Mattam
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
a different writing style. Some of life's larger questions being raised in an interesting manner. raising awareness of the struggles of Dawn's of our world ...more
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older YA & Adults
Shelves: books-i-own
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Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Killing God, by Kevin Brooks is about a fifteen-year-old girl called Dawn Bundy. She lives with her mother in an ordinary house in a town in England. Dawn tends to not care of she is attractive or not, and mainly stays alone in her room with her two dogs Mary and Jesus. These consequences happened because her dad left by loving too much drugs, alcohol and mostly God. Now she hates God.

The reason why I picked up this book from the library was because the author was Kevin Brooks. Having to read hi
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Dawn Bundy has set out to kill God. She is not exactly sure how to go about it, but she is sure it's the only answer.

Two years ago her father disappeared. It's not that it was a terrible loss. He was a drunken drug addict and pretty worthless as far as she could tell. However, since he disappeared her mother has fallen apart. She spends her time in front of the TV usually drunk and zoned out on her antidepressant meds.

Dawn goes to s
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to be so critical but I don't think there was a single thing I liked about Dawn. I really can't think of one thing right now. It just wasn't a book for me, I guess.

Dawn is the story of a fifteen-year-old girl named Dawn Bundy. She lives with her mother because her father disappeared over two years ago. Ever since then Dawn just hangs out by herself or with her two dogs, Jesus and Mary. She doesn't know why her dad disappeared but she does know that he wasn't the same dad anymore and that
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kevin Brooks fans
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Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't know what to say about this book.

1) Brooks NAILS the voice. Perfectly. However (and this sounds horrible considering all the stuff she went through), I couldn't say if I liked Dawn and I wasn't sure that I really liked any of the characters. That's not to say that I don't like books with characters who do horrible things or aren't particularly sympathetic. However, this book needed sympathetic characters to power the plotline - even the main character(s) were underdeveloped and uninteres
Jenni Frencham
Dawn lives an odd life. She has no friends to speak of, wears old, shabby clothes, but has the largest television and computer set up of anyone in her class. She helps her mom by cleaning the house and purchasing groceries, using money she finds in a duffel bag under a floorboard in her mom's room. And they never talk about where the money came from or why her dad left suddenly two years ago, until two of Dawn's "friends" from school come to her house, curious about her flat-screen TV. Suddenly, ...more
Brian Regan
Dawn is a gritty, kind of harsh, but very realistic look at the life of an ordinary girl whose life has gone off the rails a bit. Dawn's father has been gone for 2 years, after a long decline into drugs and alcohol. Her mother has shut down and spends her days drinking and watching the TV with glazed eyes. They've been surviving on disability payments and the duffel bag of cash they found under the bed after Dad disappeared.

Dawn keeps very much to herself, focusing on her dogs (Jesus and Mary),
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I kinda guessed what happened to her when she was thirteen and she started to mention that her dad was drunk a lot.
So, I guess the book was alright. It was pretty dark in comparison to other books. The main character, Dawn, is a fifteen year old girl who lives with her mother and take cares of herself. She is known as the loner-lesbian girl even though she doesn not know if she is one(fore she has enever found any guys attractive). She reads the Bible a lot knowing that God is not real and decid
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I stopped reading books by several other English authors because I couldn't get into the heads of the main teen characters and understand their world. Unlike those, this is in clear English rather than dialect. The voice of Dawn really held my attention. Even though there are things going on like drugs and alcohol addiction I felt separated from it by seeing everything through her eyes and relating to her coping mechanism. Since I don't smoke or drink I find it disgusting but she was o ...more
The BookWhisperer
This is a very unqiue story about a young girl that lives in a cave within her own mind. Her choice for a cave was due to her attempts to withdrawal to a place that no one would want to be. A place where she would be safe from everything and everyone that surrounds her. This story carries incredibly dark thinking that I found to be a hard read. The reference to God, and her attempts to find him for her own purposes was incredibly twisted. Being that I am a firm Christian believer this was a diff ...more
Bekah Crozier
This book is about a teenage girl named Dawn, that likes to keep to herself in her own quiet world. She doesn't consider herself to be pretty, and doesn't have too many friends. Her current family reality is an alcoholic mother and a father that disappeared 2 years ago. Her father however, left behind a significant amount of money and Dawn has always wondered why.
All of a sudden, two of the popular girls from her school, Taylor and Mel,start to pay her some attention. Dawn proceeds with caution
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yafiction
Published as "Killing God" in the UK, "Dawn" is the story of a fifteen-year-old girl who essentially hides a "secret self" inside of her: the girl she was at the age of 13, when her father disappeared.

Living with her alcoholic/drug-addicted mother, Dawn is responsible for the both of them, as well as her dogs, Jesus and Mary. Interspersed with song lyrics, Dawn tells her story, carefully avoiding any thoughts or input from her thirteen-year-old self.

When two of the popular girls from her school
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abuse, murder, ya-fiction
15-year-old Dawn Bundy:
lives with her alcoholic mom,
contemplates killing God,
and is a loner.

13-year-old Dawn Bundy:
lives inside the cave in her,
is trying to suppress her memories of sexual abuse
and is trying to forgive her abuser.

Dawn struggles to forget, all the while remembering. She misses her dad who has disappeared and worries about a mom who is increasingly dependent on drugs. Dad's shady dealings come back to haunt them when Lee Harding, a convicted felon, is snooping around for some
Captain Jacq
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Brooks is one of my favorite authors for getting into the nitty gritty of a teenager's life. Dawn's father disappeared two years ago and her mother is pretty much a walking zombie. The thirteen year old Dawn from two years ago lives in a cave inside fifteen year old Dawn's head. Now, the two hottest girls in school are paying attention to her and she's trying to find a way to kill God. The original title in England was "Killing God". You really get an idea of what Dawn is going through and ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I thought I might have a different opinion from everyone else on this book. But sadly I do not. I like Kevin Brooks he's a good author, but this book bored me. I thought the two popular girls had a totally different reason for trying to get Dawn to be their friend and all, but it was an entirely different reason than what I expected. Dawn was a boring character. The whole cave inside her head idea had a purpose and all, but it wasn't really some mystery or anything. This story just bored me a ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-book
"My name is Dawn Bundy
I'm thirteen years old."
These lines recur in this psychological novel about a loner who listens constantly to the Jesus and Mary Chain, whose only friends are her two Dachshunds Jesus and Mary and who wants to kill God because she blames God for letting her father rape her. Her father disappeared two years ago after he abused her and since then her mother has done nothing but drink, pop pills and watch television. When two tough girls start trying to be friends, she knows t
Gen Fleming
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Killing God" was an interesting title, one that caught my interest whilst browsing the library. As a peaceful athiest, I liked the sound of such a ridiculously radical title. A few of my religious friends found the title odd and a bit disturbing. As I continued reading my ideas of the characters changed drastically. Especially when it came to Mel. Them repressed memory and grim past all flow back into Dawn as he enters her life once again...It seems the emotions are flat most of the book, but o ...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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