on 20 April 2009
Kevin is a familiar story that people hear about on a day to day basis, child abuse, not knowing who parents are, running away from home. All of these form the basic premise for Kevin. The story is told through the eyes of a teenager at highschool who is also the victim of bullying.
Kevin is a very easy to read and very difficult to put down book. Although being a fictional tale, it's all too easy for readers to relate to aspects where I'm sure all of us have been at some point in time.
Joe Castle captures the language of a teenager in Manchester perfectly (no surprise after the schools he has worked in) and the way in which a teenager percieves the world is in no doubt helped by his pupils. It's almost as if it was written a 13 year old (that is of course, a compliment to a fantastic style of writing that just goes to show, working in a school can do absolute wonders for your prose).
Kevin is an enjoyable read for all ages and has a fantastic laugh a page story. It's well recommended and hopefully we shall see more from Joe Castle very soon.
on 7 March 2009
"Kevin" is a story about a boy and his sister leaving an unhappy, abusive home and heading to see family they haven't laid eyes on for a decade. The book is well written and tells a story which moves from sadness to optimism.
Especially good are the descriptions of Spain, which the family visit as a place of refuge. The book is both sad and funny, but written with an excellent prose that brings the difficulties of the situation, as well as the triumphs, beautifully to life.
on 2 June 2009
"Kevin" is a wonderful read; it is incredible how it brings delightful memories from your own school days back. It is very funny the whole way through, laughing in your chair funny. The lovely details about each location, people, food couldn't be better.
I really hope there will be many more stories to follow, as I am also surprised it is Joe Castle's first book!
on 28 April 2009
Kevin is a stunningly good read. It is written from the view of a 13 year old boy from Manchester who has, to say the least, got a few problems on the home front.
The author has captured the character of Kevin brilliantly and has managed to make the characters and events in the book come alive with his bittersweet and sometimes laugh out louds descriptions narrative.
Once you start reading you will want to carry on to the end to see how it all pans out.
Truely a wonderfully written piece that deserves a greater stage.
on 26 May 2009
This is an outstanding short novel by Joe Castle about teenager Kevin and his little sister and their escape from and triumph over a difficult home life.
A very universal book - whether you're 8 or 80 - all will experience the fast and free flowing emotions that run through this tale.
I would definitely recommend this book to all. It's an exciting, dramatic, humorous, heart wrenching novel not to be missed!
on 26 May 2009
Although this book was bought for my daughter, after glancing at the first page I couldn't put the book down.
It is a real roller coaster of emotions that has you laughing and crying along with Kevin, willing him on and hoping that he won't give up. The book is so well written that you can see, smell and feel Spain all around you.
The climax was brilliant, keeping you guessing as to Kevin and Kirstys fate. We would love to hear how Kevin gets on later in life - any chance you could oblige Mr Castle?