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Fascinating read (and a great end!)
on 24 March 2014
Having studied Frankenstein as part of my English degree I was fascinated when my year 7's picked this book to read for our book club (I'm a school librarian). I opened it with trepidation as I like my horror full on and was worried that a book written for children would shy away from the truly terrifying. I need not have worried. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, yes unlike others I loved the end. So much so that I when I finished it on the train home my exclamation of 'Oh my goodness!' started a great conversation with other commuters one of whom took my copy away to read for himself.
The relationship between Billy and Creecher was the crux of a great book for me. One of hostage and captor at first it developed into quite a sweet friendship as the book progressed but there was always an undercurrent of mistrust and repulsion. I loved the scene where Billy is totally relaxed around Creecher until they go swimming and he sees his bare body for the first time. Yes some of the description was a bit over the top at times but it never distracted from a great story and I imagine plenty of people have rushed off to read Frankenstein after this to find out the end of Creecher's story. Overall a great read (and the year 7's loved it too) Now to get my copy back ...