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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon

I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would consider this a middle grade book, while my usual reviews are of YA books, I thought this one sounded like an interesting read.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character's head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father's death. A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin's teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin's whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected. Del Shannon's imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.

What I Liked: 1) The plot. This story was quite a bit deeper than what I was initially expecting. There is an interesting psychology behind the reason Kevin is the way he is, and the way his family and friends act around him. While I view this book as a middle grade chapter book, that's something that will strike older readers and keep them flipping pages. 2) Kevin and Tony's friendship. It's an interesting insight into the relationships of guys. Of course, these are 12 year old guys, but I imagine the basics stay the same. Common enemy + adventure + something with buttons? Besties! Haha, that was a lot of fun. 3) The surprises. This book is positively rife with surprises for the reader to stumble upon and enjoy. There is so much going on outside of the brief summary you get from Goodreads or the back of the book, and I don't want to give any of it away, but there is some really exciting things for everyone to enjoy. 4) I can totally relate to Kevin on the whole, escaping inside his head thing. I think that I do that too sometimes. I love putting myself right in a really good book instead of dealing with some of the other things going on in the real world.

What I Didn't Like: Okay, I was never as creative as Kevin and his friends, and there are some things in this book that are outside the realm of my imagination. If you colored my imagination, I think it would probably be pink, a little turquoise and sparkly. If I was going to color Kevin's imagination, it would have a much wider color spectrum, and be vivid primary colors. None of this is a bad thing, but there are some parts of the book that I regarded as uniquely male, and I didn't really gel with those things. I was never a superheros girl, more a princess and Care Bears kinda girl (though I did love me some Ninja Turtles!). So I had a hard time focusing on those parts, the time that Kevin was escaping inside his head. I chose instead to focus on the reason he was, rather than what he was thinking about. <--total personal problem. Not a problem with the writing or story at all.

Overall thoughts: Creative and action-packed, Kevin's Point of View is a fun peak into the mind of a 12-year old boy as he tries to deal with a heavy loss. Throw in some superhero instincts and a little sci-fi, and you've got this fantastical middle grade novel. Boys and girls alike will find something entertaining as they get caught up in Kevin's imagination.

 My rating: 4 shots

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy middle grade books occasionally, and this sounds like a really fun book to read. Thanks for the lovely review.


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