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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay - but there is stiff competition, 11 May 2014
This review is from: The Private Blog of Joe Cowley (Paperback)
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Joe Cowley is a modern day Adrian Mole - trying to deal with the realities of the early years of the 21st Century (texting, blogging and so on). However, whilst the book was good for a giggle, whereas Townsend's creation at least felt as though he was struggling to come to terms with a socially complex world, I was never really very convinced that Joe had an awful lot on his horizon beyond his own issues. That's not a bad thing in itself; there is a definite need for teenagers - especially perhaps boys, who frequently struggle with reading and apparently have few books directed towards them - to know that they are not "on their own", and that they can make it through. But it does feel a bit limited.

More significantly, once you look beyond the sort of fiction that simply reflects a teenager's own experiences back at them, there are some really outstanding works of children's/young adult literature, and I would really struggle to recommend this over them. Patrick Ness, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Veronica Roth .... All have more to say about the human condition, all write more gripping stories. This book will do you no harm, but I'd generally start with one of them rather than this, and having started there, would there be any point in coming back to this?
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