I don't know how Kevin Broooks does it - the narrative voice (his books are always first person) is so very different from the other books I've read by him, and you really, really get inside the main character's head.
This is the plot: Moo Nelson, a really overweight teenager, likes watching traffic from his favourite bridge. He goes there a lot to think - or just to be peaceful. But one night he sees a confrontation between the people in two cars, and the next thing he knows, he's a witness in a murder trial. Thing is, Moo knows that the guy in the dock isn't the one who committed the murder, but the guy in the dock is also the nastiest piece of work you could come across and the police are desperate to stitch him up. So both sides put enormous pressure on Moo - and both sides try to bribe him and use violence and threats - and you just feel for Moo. There's no way out. Or is there?
It's fast, furious, and totally believable. And heartbreaking, of course. You just can't see any way to get out of Moo's situation without someone getting hurt. And his friend Brady does get hurt, when he tries to claim he was a witness too. I wasn't sure at first that I could cope with Moo's narration because there's a tendency to use CAPITALS a lot of the time, and you have to get used to his quirky way of 'speaking'. But that in itself is half the book - Moo isn't the world's nicest person and he's certainly making no attempt to lose weight for his health. His parents are clearly overweight as well and they don't bother to try to understand what Moo's going through. He's completely alone - and he's only human.
I was a little disappointed by the ending. It almost felt as though Brooks had backed himself into a corner, plot-wise, and decided to take the easy way out. But that is absolutely no reason not to read the book.