Thursday, 8 April 2010

When I Was Joe by Keren David

Title: When I Was Joe
Author: Keren David
Published by: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: 6th September 2012
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

It's one thing watching someone get killed.

It's quite another talking about it.

But Ty does talk about it.

He names some ruthless people and a petrol-bomb attack forces him and his mum into hiding under police protection.
Shy loser Ty gets a new name, a new look and a cool new image. Life as Joe is good.

But the gangsters will stop at nothing to silence him.

And then he meets a girl with a dangerous secret of her own.

This novel is about a boy called Ty (short for Tyler). He witnessed a knife crime, and now has to live in Witness Protection. A new name, a new look and suddenly Ty is a much more confident person. Things were bad at first...but now they're about to get even worse. As Ty struggles through life as Joe, a girl called Claire and a school race later and things seem to be getting a little better.

Keren's debut novel When I Was Joe was a brilliant read, and I really enjoyed it! Usually this wouldn't really be my kind of book, but it was recommended to me so I bought it....and it was amazing! It was a little slow to get into at first, but after the first chapter or so I was hooked. This book was mostly about the crime and what it had done to Ty and his family, but there were added twists to make it more exciting - definitely worth reading!

I don't think I've ever read a book before about a knife crime and the witness having to go into Witness Protection, so that made it even more gripping and addictive. I literally couldn't put this book down - you should all definitely read it!

A couple of months ago I won a proof of Almost True (the sequel) which isn't out until September. I've finished reading it, and a review will be up around August (I would review it sooner but I was asked not to.) For now, I'll just tell you that it was FANTASTIC!

1 comment :

  1. Great review, Amber! I loved this book and I'm really looking forward to Almost True.