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on 4 November 2010
I have mixed feelings about this book which is for the teenaged market (13 to 16-ish?), and describes in detail what it feels like to be relentlessly bullied for being fat. Moo Nelson escapes to the motorway bridge where he feels safe watching the cars and playing games of observation. One night he witnesses a road-rage incident which turns into a stabbing, and leads to the largest dilemma he's ever faced in his life. Does he tell the truth and do the right thing, to bad effect, or does he lie and do the wrong thing to good effect? And how is he supposed to sort out the repercussions on his family? Various people are leaning on him to do what they say is the right thing, among them the scariest villain Moo has ever met.

I hated the writing style which is full of deliberate mis-spellings and uses capitals for emphasis with such liberality I felt I was being shouted at by some insane idiot inside my head. But then, that's me - maybe teenagers feel it reflects the way they think? Even having, incredibly enough, once been one, I can't recall it being quite this manic.

Moo's nerve fails him at nearly every turn, and the solution he comes up with looks like another sure-fire failure - but here the book ends. We don't find out where Moo's dispair leads. The book deserts the reader before coming down on one side or the other, leaving him/her to make up their own resolution. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? On the one hand, we can see the lack of realism in 15 year-old Moo's solution - and on the other hand, it might just work. The book will be a let-down for those who expect a resolution, and will provoke some thinking for those who can handle the challenge of coming to their own.
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