I enjoyed everything about The Boy in the Hoodie. Aussie setting, strong characters, solid plot, and excellent writing with enough humour to offset the often-serious nature of the story.
The set-up could have come across as contrived, but it didn't. I think this was because the story was told in first person from Kat's point of view, so we could see both why she lied for her friends, and what she thought about it. It was also interesting watching her get to know the boy in the hoodie and find out more about what the adults thought about her misdemeanor.
The boy was also an interesting character, and first person worked well in that I (as the reader) didn't know any more about him than Kat did, and got to know him as she did—for better and for worse.
I almost read The Boy in the Hoodie in one sitting—yes, it was that good. The 'almost' is because the tension got too much towards the end, so I had to take a break. I definitely recommend The Boy in the Hoodie for young adult and not-so-young adult readers.
Any chance of a sequel? I see Paige had issues and I want to know more ...
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About the Author
Catriona spends her days hanging out with teenagers in a middle school in Southern Queensland, where she works to support and advocate for young people with special needs. Her love of writing character-driven stories reflects her passion to see all young people reach their full God-given potential, and to see the world they live in become a better place. Catriona has published online a number of short stories, and her first YA novel, The Boy in the Hoodie, won the CALEB award for unpublished fiction in 2016. Catriona was also runner-up for the overall CALBEB prize that year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07729Q7SX
- Publisher : Rhiza Press (1 November 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 733 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 660,651 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in Australia on 21 February 2019
"The Boy in the Hoodie" is a book that is able to let young people that are good at reading to read an interesting book without going yuck (not too much kissy stuff). I read this book in one go when I was visiting Australia from England. Kat tells a lie to protect her friends and that lie gets bigger and bigger. The story really got me in and thinking about telling the truth. It was a great change from the usual fantasy fiction that I normally read.