- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (13 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552775762
- ISBN-13: 978-0552775762
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dare Paperback – 13 Mar 2009
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A compelling Random Read from the author of the international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
About the Author
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller.
His novels are published in over fifty languages.
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NOT A SPOILER: This is the story of Danny a 13 year old boy whose mother accidentally knocks a child down in her car.
I really liked the concept of this story however I din't really like how the story was told, which is very much how I felt about John Boyne's other book The Boy in the striped Pajamas. (Also the main characters voice seemed younger than he was supposed to, which was another issue I shared with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).
The story takes place over too long a time with too many characters in too few pages. Essentially I didn't get a good sense of any of the characters, they were either unlikable or one dimensional. This was particularly bad in terms of the character of the mother who I got no real sense of at all.
I was going to be lenient with this rating because of the few pages in this book, and the young narrator until I realised how many wonderful short stories I have read, and how some of my favourite stories are told by young narrators.
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