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Charm and Strange Hardcover – 3 Jun 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405267844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405267847
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twisted, and twisting. Relentlessly compelling. Lush storytelling. A must-read.
 

 

(Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling author or Crank, Fallout and Tilt)

'Brilliant and chilling and beautiful and heartbreaking and wow.'

(Kirsten Hubbard, Goodreads)

About the Author

Stephanie Kuehn Stephanie Kuehn holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology and is currently working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she’s not writing, she’s running. Or reading. Or dreaming. Charm and Strange is her debut novel.


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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2015
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I picked up Charm and Strange for two reasons. One was that "Delicate Monsters" by the same author had recently been recommended to me and because I had already loved "Complicity" which had put Stephanie Kuehn firmly on my reading radar in the first place.

Now I've finished this I'm honestly not sure what to feel about it. It was a pure read for me - straight through pretty much, it is utterly gripping and has some dark themes and beautiful writing that just really appealed to me. It was really horribly sad in places, uplifting in others and extremely difficult to review because this is a life story, a story that is haunting and delicately constructed - a novel best read cold.

At it's heart is a boy who struggles daily to recognise life, more importantly to place himself in it - his past stalks him, his future confounds him, the reason for his confusion being slowly revealed over time.

The author has a touch of storytelling genius in her for sure, writing here a character driven, powerful and emotionally resonant tale that will stay with you long after finishing. And that is really all I can say.

I'm now going to move straight on to "Delicate Monsters". My list of must read authors just grew by one.

Happy Reading Folks.

*Purchased Copy*
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Whoa. Charm and Strange just blew my mind. It’s taken me a while to write this review, because I was speechless after reading it, up until now. I had seen this book going around, and read a few reviews of it, and I really didn’t know what to think, so I requested a copy from the lovely Egmont UK and got stuck into it straight away. I had no expectations, no predictions, I hadn’t even read the blurb! And that’s what I recommend you do if you’re planning on reading this. Don’t look it up on Goodreads either! Trust me, you will have a much better experience reading this novel if you just jump straight into it. From the first sentence I fell in love with Khuen’s writing and was totally engrossed in this unique story line. Never have I read anything like this before, and I probably won’t read anything like this again. For a debut novel, Stephanie Khuen has really shown what a brilliant and intelligent writer she is. Charm and Strange might even be my new favourite book…

“Why, oh, why isn’t she leaving? She should, because I can be cold. I can be a lot of things. But she’s new, lonely. Maybe she thinks she’s found a kindred spirit.”

I agree with other book bloggers when they say it’s hard to review Charm and Strange without giving anything away. But don’t worry, I’ve done it! No spoilers here! Charm and Strange is a serious story. It’s different, it’s weird, it’s screwed up! I was so confused for the first half of the novel, and then pieces of the story started to click together. I can see people either loving or hating this book. There are people who are going to read the first twenty pages of this novel and not bother with the rest.
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I don't quite know how to review this book. I went into it expecting something completely different than what I actually got, so I'd recommend going into this book blind. Don't read the blurb, and definitely don't pay any attention to the tags on Goodreads.

It took me a while to figure out that I wasn't going to get what I thought with this one, which made me feel that it was quite weird in the beginning, and I was wondering when we were going to get to the pinnacle of the story, the werewolves, as was my understanding. And I was close to the home run before things finally clicked into place for me.

This book is written from the perspective of Andrew, the ten year old boy of 'before', and Win, 'after', who's now sixteen. In the past, we learn about his relationship with his family. His older brother Keith, who does his best to protect and care for Andrew, even though he's only four years older than him. His younger sister Siobhan, who's three years younger, and who he adores. He's remembering one summer when he went to stay with his grandparents, and his three cousins were there. Andrew doesn't seem to have much relationship with anyone other than his siblings. He's quite odd, and everyone was just generally mean to him. And all the while, his mother is at home in bed apparently suffering from depression.

Win, has many problems. He thinks there's a wolf inside of him, just waiting to be released. When things finally come to a head one night, and Win eventually cracks, thankfully, he has friends with him who are looking out for him. They immediately get him the help he needs.

This is not the type of book I regularly read. That's not to say I haven't read this type of book, but I like to be prepared if I'm going to. When I finished this book I just cried.
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