Skip to main content

Review: Waiting for Gonzo by Dave Cousins

Meet Oz . . . he's got a talent for trouble but his heart's always in the right place (well, nearly always).

Uprooted from his friends and former life, Oz finds himself stranded in the sleepy village of Slowleigh. When a joke backfires on the first day at his new school, Oz attracts the attention of Isobel Skinner, the school psycho - but that's just the beginning.

After causing an accident that puts his mum in hospital, Oz isn't exactly popular at home either. His older sister's no help, but then she's got a problem of her own . . . one that's growing bigger by the day.

Oz knows he's got to put things right, but life isn't that simple, especially when the only people still talking to you are a hobbit-obsessed kid and a voice in your own head!

Packed with action, heart and humour, Waiting for Gonzo takes you for a white-knuckle ride on the Wheel of Destiny as it careers out of control down the Hillside of Inevitability. The question is, do you go down laughing? Or grit your teeth and jump off?

My thoughts

Waiting for Gonzo is a brilliant read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Waiting for Gonzo is the story of Oz after he is moved by his family to live in the middle of nowhere. He has all the teenage problems that comes with starting a new school and being forced to make new friends.

What I loved about this book was that Oz was just a normal teenager. I loved how underneath it all he had a heart of gold but he still messed up and got things wrong and as a consequence had to do damage control to make things right again. I particularly enjoyed the relationship he had with his sister and loved that despite all their bickering they actually had each others back at the end of the day. As I've come to expect from a Dave Cousins the book has some really brilliantly funny moments which made me giggle.

A highly recommended and heartfelt tale which I enjoyed thoroughly.