Beck by Mal Peet & Meg Rosoff

Challenge #24 ~ “A book written by at least two authors.”


★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

My opinion in three sentences:

This has to be my least favourite of the Carnegie nominees so far, and I know it has mixed reviews from others as well. Personally, I’m less concerned about the mature themes that the novel chooses to address, but in the rapid pace and almost dismissive style that they are addressed in. Furthermore, passages of time are not well-handled, leading to a disjointed and bitty feel to the storyline.

(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:

If I were feeling petty, I may say the end simply because it means the experience is finally over. Strangely enough, however, I’m going to go with the beginning, not because the reader is innocent to the struggle that will follow, but because Beck’s experiences with the Catholic Brothers were probably the best written bits of the novel.

A warning for the book:

Prepare to follow Beck’s journey across Canada with a number of extraordinary jumps in time and location, meeting a host of characters who don’t develop or last and blur into one, and all at a pace that would rival the Grand National winner!


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