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Horn (The Trouble Trilogy Book 1)

Horn (The Trouble Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Matt Robbins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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"Buy it, read it, love it." - Mike Ward, Daily Star.

It's Brassed Off meets The Inbetweeners…
He's a sarcastic 16-year-old virgin.
She's a gorgeous 21-year-old journalist.
They have nothing in common, apart from their hobby... and a relationship they really shouldn't be having.
This is the story of how a boy tried to grow up, learning about love, lust and loss along the way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Matt Robbins (31 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a tabloid newspaper sub-editor in London by day, and I write in my spare time. Fan of rubbish TV, good food and sharing alcohol with friends. I'm currently working on Shackled, the final instalment of The Trouble Trilogy, which I aim to publish, once again, on New Year's Eve.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I have only just got back into reading and I am thoroughly enjoying it - trying out lesser known and new authors, courtesy of recommendations. I picked up Horn less than a week ago, and finished it Wednesday afternoon - in the middle of a three hour train journey. Finishing it was a disappointment....I wanted to know what happened next!

I don't readily or easily choose fiction written by male authors - I often find it difficult to get into their heads and as a consequence I can find it difficult to like their writing styles. This made a nice change. Towards the end I realised Matt Robbins' writing reminds me of John O'Farrell, of `The Best A Man Can Get' etc.

Matt. A sixteen year old schoolboy - yeah I've never been one of those. He belongs to a local brass band, and there were many echoes and references of Brassed Off - helped along by references to Tara Fitzgerald. Another reviewer described him as a geeky, precocious and just-on-the-right-side-of-cheeky, young man - yep, right on the button.

Rather stupidly I didn't give much thought to the title as I downloaded it to my Kindle. As it does, it jumped straight to Chapter 1; and yes, I only read the author's note at the end. Jumping straight into a teenager boy's sex life, underage sex at that, was a bit of a surprise.

I have nothing in common with teenage boys but there are twists to the story, as in life, and it is witty and quite touching in places. My heart ached for him when he explained how his mum died. I liked Vicky very much - very down to earth with a head much older than her years. Others have talked of `The Inbetweeners' in relation to this book but I've never watched it. If I am right, then The Inbetweeners are an English version of the Big Bang Theory which makes me laugh out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how to write a debut novel 22 May 2014
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I love books. No, I LOVE books. So when I find a talented new writer it makes me a little giddy. Let me tell you about my experience with Horn...

A book about some teenage boys. Hmm. Not something I have ever tried or have any possibility of ever empathising with, yet... I felt I was part of the group, part of their gang. I'm 34, I'm female, yet I was completely drawn into how each character was feeling, their personality, their teenage world. Matt's ability to really make the characters come to life is awesome. There are parts which make you laugh out loud, parts you try to remember so you can shoe horn witty come-backs into your life, and parts where you felt the need to sit quietly and try not to well up. I think I am possibly the only person who at times felt a dislike for the lead 'Trouble' but I really like that in a novel, it makes it real.

All in all, I now want to go back to school, be a boy, be in a band and be part of this diverse group of misfits. Very much looking forward to reading Part 2... Randy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horn 11 May 2014
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My initial feeling when I started to read this was that it was designed for a "younger me". The story of a sixteen year old boy and his friends was initially what I considered to be a little bit juvenile for my tastes.....However, as I read on through the chapters there was emotions and scenarios that I related to from my youth and this caused me to smile inwardly and reminisce on my school years.

It is well written, touching at times, funny and most importantly, I really understood the characters and felt like I knew them. For me, this is vital in a book. When a book starts to play like a film in my head whilst I read it, it's a winner. Horn won me round.

Well done Matt; A lovely debut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 14 April 2014
By RubyRed
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I really enjoyed this and stayed up late to finish it. Though far from my teenage years, I still found I could identify with the characters and storyline. As the mother of a 17 year old lad however, I'm trying to forget some of it! I particularly enjoyed the humour and enjoyed Matt's varying relationships with his teachers.
My only pedantic quibble would be that as a (former) tenor horn player, why did I never get to play the music with the great horn parts that Matt did?
Now looking forward to reading Randy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read it in 2 days 31 Jan 2014
By Helen
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Really enjoyed this book having been recommended it via twitter! Bought Randy after finishing this. Buy them both now! Well worth it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horn: 31 Jan 2014
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My first review didn't if it turns up and I'm repeating myself, it's worth it - "Horn" is a cracking read!

The product description does not do "Horn" justice - it omits to mention the quirky turns of phrase and the characters that you feel you actually *know*, for a start! At the tender age of 28, I have never wanted to return to my teenage years - until reading "Horn". It's an easy and enjoyable read - well worth the £1.00 Kindle price - and I am looking forward to reading more of Matt's work.

As most reviews seem to end on a pun: you won't have any "Trouble" reading "Horn"...groan...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read... 21 Dec 2013
By samo
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I really enjoyed this.

Firstly, from a geeky point of view the technical details about being in a band are quite accurate, but this doesn't dominate the storyline.

What came over best for me was the strong sense of being a teenager. The characters really did think and act in a way that (I wish) I felt when I was 16.

There's quite a bit of sex going on but none of it is in any graphic or described, you just left in no doubt that it's going to happen, or has just happened.

I thoroughly recommend this.
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