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Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / September 2, 2013

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Teenage Musings: Boy Nobody by Allen ZadoffBoy Nobody
Author: Allen Zadoff
Series: Boy Nobody #1
Publisher: Orchard Books
Date: May 2013
352 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary
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Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

Reviewed by: Jack

Boy Nobody is a chilling mystery that everyone wants to find out. With lots of twists and turns you just don’t know which way the story will end. This was definitely a book that once started, I couldn’t put down. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time! Allen Zadoff did a great job at making Boy Nobody such a thrilling read. Definitely a thriller worth reading.

Ben is one of the most unusual characters I have ever come across. I never knew what he was going to do next, his personality constantly shocked me. Ben is a quiet and mysterious character, that was brilliantly developed. In fact all the characters are feel very real and relatable. Sam, Ben, Mother, Father and Mike. All the characters were perfect for the story of Boy Nobody. I felt sympathy for some characters and hatred for others, I could connect with the characters emotionally, and that made the story all the more better.

“I had feelings once, too. I think I did. But that was a long time ago.
That was before.”

The story line is very unique, and one that I loved. With so many twists it was almost impossible to put down! This book had me reading till the early hours of the morning. At the beginning of Boy Nobody the pacing was quite slow but as it went on started turning into a fast-paced unputdownable read. The story is so epic and captivating, its hard to put into words.

Allen Zadoff’s writing technique was okay. Some might say brilliant, but I don’t think it was for me. However, I did love how he developed these wonderful characters put everything together. Everything fit together perfectly and tag tad what made Boy Nobody a great read. Although the writing isn’t the best aspect of this book, hats off to Allen Zadoff for creating this amazing story line and bringing it to life!

I really like the cover of Boy Nobody, it definitely suits the story. And the title is very intriguing too. I think Boy Nobody is a read that’s everyone would enjoy, young and old. I think a lot of people could relate to it in different ways, feel connected in some ways to the characters or the story line. I loved how emotional the book was, even though it is an action-packed book. That’s whats so unique about Boy Nobody.

“‘I haven’t disappointed you yet,’ I say.
But I will when I murder your father.

Overall this book was quite a thrilling and interesting read. I was glued to the story from, the moment I started it, and I really enjoyed the story line. I would definitely read this book again, and recommend it to fans of a good mysterious, thrilling book. Looking forward to seeing what Allen Zadoff has in store for us next!

4 Stars

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