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Interesting, but one too many cliches
on 10 January 2011
I'm a big fan of Malorie Blackman - especially her Noughts & Crosses series. I was very much looking forward to reading her new book, 'Boys Don't Cry'. It's definitely an interesting topic, one which Blackman deals with well and sensitively. The only problem I have, is that I found the plot predicatable and one dimensional. I predicted the 'twists' long before they occured, and since these twists are so obvious they become rather undramatic when they do eventually occur. There are also predictable stereotypes in the book (one gay character who is vain, camp and with showbiz aspirations etc). Some of the dialouge between Dante and his father near the end of the book is incredibly cheesy, so much so I actually had to skim over it as it was making me cringe. To summarise, a good idea - exectued quite well, but a few things could have been done quite a lot better (in my humble opinion).