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Blood Pressure Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184255199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842551998
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a violent, hectic and highly readable thriller' -- Peter Hollindale, SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Book Description

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.

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Format: Audio Cassette

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.
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This book was a well written story of a young man discovering that his cosy suburban world was not in fact quite so safe and dull as he had imagined. Whilst the book deals with a number of issues, it does not dwell in depth on any of them, and the plot follows several weeks in the life of the 15 year old Aidan as he learns that his mother has more of a past than he had realised. The book really takes off when Aidan goes on the run with the father he didn't know he had. The character of Jade was a favourite for me, and I wanted Aidan to treat her better, but the author was right to allow Aidan to be the somewhat spoilt and selfish teenage lad that he was. Hopefully the ending allows for a more mature Aidan to make the right choices. On the whole a really gripping read and up to the normal high standard of Alan Gibbon's books.
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After reading `The Edge' and `Hold on' I became a huge fan of Gibbons and this 2005 drama looked to suit me, and I am very glad I decided to purchase it.

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.
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