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Inside My Head [Paperback]

Jim Carrington
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5 April 2010
This cleverly constructed narrative consists of three points of view: of Gary, constantly victimised by the school bully in a nasty, name-calling and vindictive way; the bully's friend, David and a new girl to the school, Zoe. All viewpoints are revealing. Gary reveals the painful and often unsuccessful attempts by a young man to control his anger under great provocation - and his inability to communicate. David is someone who is uncomfortable with the bullying but doesn't dare to do anything about it - until the end. Zoe is a young woman who can see Gary through different eyes and is independent, freethinking and brave. Also featured in this title are rampaging tractors, shotguns and cheese puffs.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408802716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408802717
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly successful and subtle book about bullying. Claustrophic and unbearably tense, it's extremely compelling and gives a good deal of pause for thought. Recommended.
--thebookbag.co.uk

`Witty and hard-hitting dialogue and a compellingly written storyline'
--Irish Post

`A thought-provoking read' --Bliss!

'An impressive start to his writing career...A powerful, realistic and poignant novel that will resonate with the older teenager. Highly recommended' --Ink Pellet

`Jim Carrington has succeeded in building a very real and malicious psychological bully . . . An interesting plot-driven story and certainly a book to raise issues'
--Bookfest

About the Author

This is Jim Carrington's first novel. He is a teacher and lives with his family in Raynes Park, south-west London.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is an astonishing debut novel by a writer who clearly knows his stuff. Inside My Head is a compelling and thought-provoking examination of teenage bullying, and the mental and physical isolation it causes. By using the three viewpoints of Gary, Zoe and David we get an all round picture, a meticulous, forensic insight into the trauma bullying causes. The Norfolk landscape is used cleverly to underline the narrative, and creates an unusual setting to prove that bullying is as rife in rural schools and communities as in urban ones.
The author has given us an unputdownable novel which draws readers totally and inexorably into the tension of its action. I can't wait for his next book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside My Head 16 April 2010
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This is a fantastic book which really explores the feelings of the three central characters, sweeping the reader along on their journey with them. The characters and the story are completely true to life, and I think teenagers everywhere will be able to identify with the difficulties faced by all of them. I really couldn't put this book down, and would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic read! 12 April 2010
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I bought this book for a teenage boy, who loved it but it was equally enjoyed by me( thirtysomething mum ) A real page turner concentrating on real teenage issues and written in such a way that it would appeal to all. Well done to the author for writing a book that is true to life and that really is difficult to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut-more please! 14 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Unfortunately, so many books for young adults or teenagers are slow and routine. This is a refreshing exception and I hope it gains the plaudits and success it deserves.

In this, his debut book, Jim Carrington has gone and produced a true gem. Always managing to key into the realities of teenage and school life, he keeps his characters fully rounded alongside believable and subtle plot development.

In case it's too far back for you to remember, teenage life has many twists and turns. Thoughts and feelings are strong and vivid things to be obsessed over at that age and Carrington manages to capture this with ease.

As a secondary school teacher who works with students of similar age to this book's target group I have no hesitation in recommending it, either to kids themselves or for teachers to give to students for reading/discussion purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 May 2010
By A. Kerr
Format:Paperback
I loved this book and honestly, that surprised me, it isn't the kind of book I'd choose to read normally.

Heres the thing: I'm really weird about books set in Britain. Usually, they tend to bore me or annoy me and only fantasy stories like Harry Potter have managed to keep it interesting enough for me to finish the stories (perhaps it's the lack of novelty of the setting and culture, seeing as I'm from the UK) but this book was an exception - I was never bored while reading it and I read it in one sitting.

It isn't some epic romance or adventure, it's just... real.

With movies, you get the Hollywood Blockbuster types and then you have indie movies. Inside My Head felt kind of like the book equivelant of an indie movie, it had that same realistic feel to it and it was very character driven.

I love that it didn't sugarcoat anything and it was very... raw. And British. The Britishness of the book was kind of a shock to the system because I'm not used to reading books set here (something I may have to change now, thanks to this book).

A lot of people will relate to the characters (whether you're a teenager or not). There's David, torn between doing the right thing and loyalty his best friend and Zoe, the girl who wants to help Gary and be his friend, even if that gets in the way of her desire to fit in. And then there is Gary, who is being bullied and just wants it all to stop and for his life to be how it used to be when things were still good.

Really, I think everyone has been in one of the characters shoes in some way before.

The emotions of the characters, their lives, they're all so realistic and I found myself really caring what happened to them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"This cleverly constructed narrative consists of three points of view: of Gary, constantly victimised by the school bully, Knaggs, in a nasty, name-calling and vindictive way; the bully's friend, David and a new girl to the school, Zoe. All viewpoints are revealing. Gary reveals the painful and often unsuccessful attempts by a young man to control his anger under great provocation - and his inability to communicate. David is someone who is uncomfortable with the bullying but doesn't dare to do anything about it - until the end. Zoe is a young woman who can see Gary through different eyes and is independent, freethinking and brave. Also featured in this title are rampaging tractors, shotguns and cheese puffs."

Inside my Head consists of the points of view of Gary, Zoe and David. The book follows the events in their lives over the course of a week or so. I thought this book was extremely well written! The effects of bullying were well put and compelling, and it showed the feelings of people from different perspectives of the bullying. David, Knaggs' friend feels the guilt and shame after succumbing to peer pressure and not telling the real truth. Zoe, who meets Gary BEFORE finding out he is bullied, doesn't judge him, and is disgusted by Knaggs, and his behaviour towards Gary. Gary is completely and utterly bored of it, and is very angry.

The characters were developed very well - I could easily understand why they all did the things they did. They were all very realistic, and as bullying is such a common thing, but so easily misunderstood, I thought their reactions to what happened were also true to life. I felt that they were actually teens because they had normal teenage problems - and also, they actually swore!
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4.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable
Thought provoking story, that touched me emotionally and mentally. Such an emotive subject and sensetive. Dealt with in a raw, realistic manner.
Published 21 months ago by Mr. M. C. J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-deserved 5 star rating!
Being a fan of Jim carrington's books i was very eager to buy this book and give it a good read. I'm very glad i did and it was worth every penny! Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by amyleann
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside my Head
This is Jim Carrington's debut novel and it's fair to say it's pretty hard hitting. The central theme of the novel is bullying and Carrington has taken this difficult subject and... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Loveliterature
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside My Head
An excellent and fast paced read. I thought the book captures teenage feelings and thoughts really well. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by Di Canniford
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional persective
As a professional working with children who experience issues with regards bullying I was keen to see a book with the focus on the bullied. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Deborah Levy
3.0 out of 5 stars To balance out the rating...
You've read the reviews from people who loved it. Now read this one, it's got a bit of balance to it : )

Here we go. This is a book about bullying. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by K.L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Refreshing
I found this book very honest and refreshing. A lot of books on similar subjects spend a lot of time describing the bully and sometimes the victim, but I can't thin of any where... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
Author's are getting braver all the time so its something to be supported when they create a novel that deals with issues experienced by a number of their readers. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page turner!
As an avid reader of both childrens and adult literature, and as someone who has worked in a professional capacity with troubled teenagers, this book hit the spot on all accounts. Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by irismary
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