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The 10PM Question

The 10PM Question [Kindle Edition]

Kate De Goldi
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Frankie Parsons is twelve going on eighty -- an apparently sensible boy growing up in New Zealand, he has a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head: Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms? Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it?
Most of the people in Frankie's life seem gloriously untroubled by worry. Only Ma takes his catalogue of persistent anxieties seriously, listening patiently to the questions he brings her at 10 p.m. each night. But when a new girl arrives at school with relentless, unavoidable questions of her own, Frankie's carefully controlled world begins to unravel. Will he be able to face up to the unpalatable, ultimate 10 p.m. Question; why does Ma never leave the house?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848774664
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072KI8DC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I rarely call a book a gem because I'm always waiting for a book like The 10pm Question to come along before I do. My gems have to be completely understated and not well known but 100% worth reading - and here is a book that fulfils all those criteria.

The story follows Frankie Parsons who is afflicted to some degree with OCD and suffers from an anxiety disorder. His character is so carefully put together and so beautifully written I was not long into the book before I was completely immersed in his story and utterly attached to him. As a teenager I had an anxiety disorder so I could really sympathise with Frankie and can say from experience that Kate de Goldi has caught his problems so expertly yet so delicately at the same time. Nothing ever leaps out and smacks you in the face, the author uses a perfect level of sensitivity, mixing in a wonderfully subtle wit to create a delicious story that you can make up your own mind about. It's one of those that doesn't expressly tell you what it's trying to achieve it just opens up the floor for debate and lets you think and make your own decisions.

Frankie is not the only great character, all of Kate de Goldi's characters are immaculately formed and loveable in their own unique way. They feel like real people; nobody has special powers or overwhelming destinies to fulfil, they are just normal people with all the flaws and oddities that normal people have. The 10pm Question is really like a slice of life, like you've fallen into a fly-on-the-wall documentary and you get to see all the colours of life, all the textures of humanity, and all the shades of internal conflict. This is probably best demonstrated in the actual 10pm questions that Frankie poses to Ma.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Frankie is 12 years old and worries about everything, he puts himself under pressure as he is certain that is he doesn't do it no one will. The 10PM question is his semi regular visit to his parent's bedroom to talk to his mother about this worries. The only thing they never talk about is the fact that Frankie's mother hasn't left the house in years.

When Sydney arrives she starts asking all those questions and slowly Frankie begins to talk about his mother and to unravel his own past. Why he stayed with the Aunts when he was little? Why everyone seems content with his mother's current state?

Kate De Goldi has written a beautiful book that deals with a lot of issues. The characters are varied, believable and the Aunts alone should have their own book. I absolutely adored The Fat Controller, and thought the school project worked really well at cementing Sydney and Frankie's friendship.

I didn't understand the way the chapters were split into Tuesdays and occasionally the flashbacks made the narration a little difficult to follow.

The 10 P.M. Question is a heart-warming story with amazing characters and guaranteed to make you smile.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 10pm Question 12 April 2011
This is a little gem of a novel. It is really unique and quirky, but at the same time I found it incredible accessibly and charming.

The story follows Frankie, who constantly worries. At 10pm every night it all gets too much and he has to go down the hall and ask his Ma a question - Does he have food poisoning? Is the rash on his chest cancer? Have they replaced the batteries in the smoke alarm? She is the only one who seems to take his worries seriously. When a new girl starts at his school, a girl who has her own constant stream of questions for Frankie, he starts to wonder if he's been asking the right question...

Frankie is such a great character. He's charming, genuine, funny - and I completely adored him. I loved all the other characters too. Frankie's family is awesome - Louie and Gordana are both rather lovable in their own ways - and always provide amusement. Uncle George is also very funny and I loved the interaction between Frankie and his Ma. There really is a strong sense of family in this book and I loved it for that. And, of course, you can't forget Ray Davis - sooo cute!

Gigs and Sydney were the kind of friends I could really picture Frankie having. Gigs actually reminded me a bit of Louie and Syndey seems to be very much like The Aunts - who Frankie spent a lot of his childhood with. Both are very confident and I think this is a strong attraction for Frankie.

The story itself is very character driven - very much an introspection for Frankie - leading to him finally asking the question that has always been left unasked in his family. It deals with some serious issues in an very accessible way - it all felt very genuine and I very much enjoyed all the idiosyncrasies of Frankie's character. A great book!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain! 20 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a Kindle Daily Deal for 99p and I think it may have been the best 99p I've ever spent! It's set in New Zealand and follows the life of Frankie, a twelve year old boy with enormous anxiety problems. The character of Frankie is so beautifully portrayed - I very quickly developed a real fondness for him.

He worries about absolutely everything, including his mother who hasn't left their house for many years and Frankie struggles with this, but feels unable to talk to anyone about it, until a new girl joins his school and becomes his close friend.

All the characters in this book are well drawn and very believable and it is so easy to relate to the various situations Frankie has to face up to. I was hooked on this book from Page 1 and finished it in two days because I found it quite unputdownable. I believe it t was intended for the Young Adult market, but I think it crosses the boundary between YA and adult books and can be enjoyed by all. I found it a really poignant, memorable book and I'm so pleased I read it. Had it not been a Kindle Daily Deal I'm not sure I would have come across it, but I'll certainly recommend it to others and look for more by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It was pretty good and entertaining. Good characters and very interesting. The 10 pm question. Kate De Goldi. An amazing book.
Published 20 days ago by Patrick, Cornelia McGarry
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting...
... And that's not a word I use often. Friendships and families, foibles and fears all stirred together into a warm and engaging narrative from the perspective of young Frankie... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Annette Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual idea
A terrific idea and well written. The story pulls you in from the first page, and the real position of the protagonists is slowly revealed as the story progresses.
Published 1 month ago by John S
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a wonderful book - quirky and unique and lovely: you should read...
Reading bestsellers is good, but discovering hidden gems is even better. The 10PM Question is one of those gems. Read more
Published 3 months ago by StephanieIsReading
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
It took me ages to realise this is a book for teenagers. It works just as well for adults in a gentle light hearted way. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky good
A brilliantly written piece of fiction. Not soppy but sensitive. The characters have immense depth and individuality. A great different read.
Published 8 months ago by Autumna
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected
A bit difficult to get into but it is really meant for younger readers and unless you can get into the mindset of a young teenager it is not that engaging.
Published 8 months ago by BALEX
5.0 out of 5 stars For all ages
A beautiful story beautifully told. You don't have to be young to identify with the characters. Really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by Kitty Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars I Stopped at 10:01
i didn't really like this from the start, the characters weren't very interestinig and not much happened. I gave in half way
Published 8 months ago by CollD
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
I enjoyed this easy read but I must say that I expected more, in light of some of the reviews. Frankie is a likeable and interesting character but I would have liked more of a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reena Kumar
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