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Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan
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Review by Jack (Year 7)

Hello Darkness revolves around a fourteen year old boy, Johnny, in a comprehensive school where everything goes wrong. The headmaster is mad, elderly and frail, factors which allow the deputy Headmaster to take control. However, the Deputy Head is a cruel, vicious dictator. Soon Johnny finds himself caught in the middle of a three-way gang war – the Deputy together with his bullying Prefects, the Drama Queens and the Fat, Bun-Running Lardies form the gangs.

Johnny becomes the prime suspect in the death of the school pets, avoiding suspension he promises to supply the Deputy Head with the name of the correct person within the week. Johnny then tries to coerce information by any means possible for the rest of the week.

References to Johnny’s mental health and need for medication add an extra dimension to the plot. With his parents away, Johnny forgets to take his medication resulting in the blurring of fact and fiction. Paving the way for a fantastic and unimaginable finale.

Following a slow start the book moves forward at an accelerating pace providing not only a gripping thriller but much food for thought on the aspects of society and the stereotypes encounter in daily life.
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November 29, 2013 – Shelved as: guest-reviews
November 29, 2013 – Shelved

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Tony Mcgowan Thanks for the review, Jack - great stuff!


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