Half my Facebook friends are ferrets / J.A. Buckle.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: London : Curious Fox,
ISBN: 9781782020745 (pbk.) :
15-year-old Josh fantasises about becoming a death metal guitarist complete with tattoos, piercings and hoards of adoring fans. But it's not easy when his super-strict mum won't let him grow his hair! Luckily Josh has a way of coping with life's setbacks; it's only a diary, but it contains all Josh's hopes, dreams and frustrations. There's a lot he wants to get done before his 16th birthday, but things never turn out quite like he plans. What Josh doesn't know is that his mother also kept a diary, back about the time he was born, and a secret in there holds the key to Josh's life becoming a whole lot more metal.
187 pages ; 20 cm
I can see that many a teenage boy will identify closely with Josh, and I have to admit that Buckle has got his 'voice' just right. There were some moments that made me smile, and even laugh. It was mostly fairly predictable, but I'm glad that the obvious outcome didn't happen with one of the items on his list [deliberately vague to avoid spoilers]. I can see why she did it, but I felt that Josh's friends tried too hard to be representative of teenage problems - the fat kid, the gay guy etc. Addendum: Since this was a CBD title and I'd read it fairly early, I went back and re-read it after I'd finished all the other titles. Mostly just to make it fresh in my memory. I enjoyed it much more on the second reading, so I've increased my rating. I think the way we react to a book can sometimes depend on the mood we're in, or what is going on in our lives at the time. I probably wasn't in the right head-space when I first read it. I will definitely check out the sequel when it is released
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