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Boys' Club Paperback – 20 Dec 2003
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About the Author
Amanda Swift was born in London in 1959. She read Modern Languages at Oxford University, but spent most of her time acting in plays. She worked as an actress for many years, including stints at the Polka Children's Theatre in Wimbledon and in TV commercials. She then worked as a writer for radio and TV. Most recently she has worked on the TV series MY PARENTS ARE ALIENS and 24SEVEN. She is now a team writer on the new SCLUB JUNIOR TV show. She lives in South-East London with her partner, two sons and several frogs.
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There were some things that I'd like to have seen developed more - particularly the way in which Joe's house was structured. I liked the fact that the house had been divided into thirds between his estranged parents and I liked the effect this had on Joe and his brother Matt, but I felt that more could have been made of it, particularly towards the end of the book where I thought that there wasn't enough of a resolution between Joe's parents - do they get back together or does life go on as before? I also thought that the book skirted over the obvious issue in the relationship between Joe and Alex because I would assume that any 12 year boy would at least consider whether Alex was gay, but apart from one line from Joe's father it just doesn't seem to come up, which I think took away some of the credibility.
The other comment I'd make is that I got the feeling the book was aimed at boys, but there's an awful lot about feelings in there that I'm not sure many 12 year old boys could relate to. In particular, Joe seems very worried about his friends falling in love and falling in love himself - I don't know whether 12 year old boys really think like that but I would imagine that 12 year old girls would like to think that boys would feel like that.
All in all though, it's an enjoyable book with a nicely handled twist at the end.