- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 925 KB
- Print Length: 241 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (1 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CR0T70U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Casting Shadows Everywhere follows a few months in the life of Jake, a shy American teenager, as he blossoms into confidence but seriously oversteps the good/bad line. Essentially it is a coming of age tale, but told from an interesting perspective. We learn everything from Jake's point of view, narrated in the first person, and so get to understand why he is drawn so far into his cousin, Nick's shady life and also how difficult the transition is. Jake is not just another good kid gone bad for no reason.
I liked the strong characters that lead this story. It is easy to believe the world they inhabit and understand the power struggles of young men trying to find their place in a social hierarchy that is based more on brute strength than intellectual ability. The female characters are nicely drawn too. Beth is fun and witty and I enjoyed the dialogue between her and Jake.
Vargus and McBain build the tension throughout the first two-thirds of the story. I wasn't sure how far either Nick or Jake would go and the unveiling of later horror is shocking. However I did not like the plot device that twists the tale! I won't explain it here as the spoiler would, well, spoil it for future readers, but REALLY?! (If you read the story, you'll know what I mean when you get there!)
The way it is written is actually very funny and flits from one subject to another as any young mind tends to, from very serious topics such as murder to less serious such as girls or a school lesson, the thing is that it really works and is a very good read.
I would definitely recommend it, especially as at the moment it is available free from the writers website.
It's genre is difficult to pinpoint, I would say it's a thriller with humour and a bit of horror thrown in for good measure. The last chapter I think is very funny and sums up an adolescent boy to a tee, no matter what happens in their lives as long as they have a certain well known brand of take away they are fine!
The opening scenes are very vivid, we meet Jake's cousin Nick who will play an important adult role in Jakes next few months. There are few males for Jake to look up to and Nick's air of danger entices Jake. No longer prepared to be a victim to school bullies Jake accepts Nick's offer to help him learn some important life lessons.
Jake finds that he likes the excitement and thrill that taking on Nick's tasks give him and he can feel himself changing and wanting to keep changing. Jake's college lessons help him analyse his feelings and actions which make him different from Nick. Nick ultimately becomes out of control relying on his one rule in life "Don't get caught".
The book deals with plenty of teenage issues such as bullying, bulimia, puberty and peer pressure. There is strong language and violence in Jake's journey to find meaning in life. He came full circle through his lessons with Nick. Nick felt life had no meaning. Jake did something with his life experience, he changed his outlook and at the end began living his life once again.
There is a lot of strength in this story and if you can see through the violence and some of the points that no parent wants to think about, there is a lot of true life experiences. Many teenagers are trying to find themselves and they have to deal with issues today that we all need to face.
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