Blood Pressure Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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'...a violent, hectic and highly readable thriller' -- Peter Hollindale, SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
15 year old Aidan meets his father for the first time and gets to know about drugs and gangland warfare in inner city Liverpool the hard way.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent story by Alan Gibbons.
He has written a well paced book with that rare thing believable characters, a solid story with realistic settings. Everything rings true in this story and nothing is far fetched.
Aiden is a 16 year old boy who has won life's lottery and lives in an affluent part of England with middle class parents.
He has to accompany his Mum to her home in Liverpool to visit his cancer ridden grandfather.
Here he meets a local lass Jade and- falls for her.
BUT there is a big shock for Aiden as he discovers his real father who is no angel to put it mildly.
Aiden is thrust into a part of his father's criminal background with a vengeance!
The story has a beginning and importantly a great ending everything is tied up nicely after the the traumatic events.
I won't spoil the plot but this is a terrific story for older children which touches on relevant subjects like teen aged pregnancy and drug culture.
There is nothing too graphic in the story and no gratuitous sex scenes nor open drub taking but they are in the background.
The story is really well read by Alan Freeman.
He handles vocals well and the plot and story really move along over the 3 CDs.
I really enjoyed listening to the book and I hope you will do so too.
Following in his brilliant drama style, gibbons tells the story about a 15 year old boy, who comes to Liverpool, with its different culture, girls, and his ill Granddad, and a man in a BMW who hangs around his Granddad's house. Now his new friend Jade and his family all seem to be hiding something, and Aidan wants answers.
Though not having the huge dramatic effectiveness that some of his previous books thrived upon, Blood Pressure is a highly powerful drama full of intriguing characters and scenarios.
One of the reasons Gibbons is my favourite writers is that he is very focused upon detail and doesn't drift into an unbelievable reality. The realism he encodes into his novels is excellent, and always conforms to the genre he has laid down. There is always strong belief in what the character is and how they work, with no exception to situation.
However there were times in this particular novel where I wondered if the lexis used for Aidan and Jade were a bit beyond their age range of 15.
The way they were speaking and interacting did occasionally seem a bit much for two so young. Nevertheless this was used in a good way and did make the tension between them more intense and very hard to put down. And its when the two meet does the novel really pick up.
Gibbons is a fantastic character writer, always pin point accurate on how people act, and the way they work is marvellous, and conforms brilliantly to the drama genre in this novel, with dramatic linguistics and dialogue effective to conform to the situation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gibbons captures the pressures, fears and joys of being a teen in this exciting novel about a young boy who must decide where his loyalties lie.Published on 19 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very good for a used book the first time i have purchased a used book and i will consider doing so again.Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by sheila stephens