Lacking that special something,
This review is from: The Girl with the Bomb Inside (a punk song) (Kindle Edition)
There's a very good concept at the heart of The Girl with the Bomb Inside, a novella that takes the form of the literary ramblings of a 15-year-old who plans suicide when he discovers his short-term girlfriend is pregnant. His quest to make sense of life, the false starts of his `novel' and his attempts to separate fact and fiction are the perfect canvas for an author to really explore this unfortunate character. However, for me there was something missing, a spark, a flash of genius, something that would have made this story stand out from the crowd.
Swearing alone doesn't make a story gritty. Neither do references to punk music. What it really needed more was more edge, more danger. I never cared too much what happened next and although the experimental idea at the centre of the novella was good, it wasn't enough on its own to carry the story for me.