Monday, 12 September 2016

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks


The much anticipated follow-up title from the multi-award winning author of The Bunker Diary, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal.

Elliot is terrified of almost everything.

From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day.

It's Christmas Eve, there's a snowstorm and Elliot's medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She'll only be 10 minutes - but shen she doesn't come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles...


My thoughts
Born Scared is a really interesting read. It's dark and intense and compulsive reading. I found myself needing to read it without stopping as I wanted to know what was going to happen. 

Elliot is a really interesting and unusual character. He is terrified of everything. Just thinking about leaving the house scares him witless and doing things that everyone else takes for granted are impossible for him. Following his story you really feel for him as you see the challenges his faces on a daily basis and especially as things go from bad to worse as the day unfolds.

A real intense and dark read, much as you'd expect from Kevin Brooks

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