4 out of 4 stars
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I have never felt so attached to any other book I have read till today. A Bloody Book, by Chris Bowen is an absolute fun ride of 162 pages. I enjoyed every bit of the story and actually felt like I am living in it. The story is narrated from the perspective of the lead character 'Maxx'. Maxx talks in detail about certain situations in his life and the way he faced them all. There came a point where I literally felt that I know him in person as a whole body with flesh and blood not as a fantasy character.
Maxx tells about his kindergarten days full of dreams, hopes and fantasies. His fantasy didn't last long, not even for few years as a harsh reality hit his conscience. Lack of money and unsound parenting influenced Maxx not to give a crap. Eventually his life took surreal turns and he finally got struck in the 'Reading Hell'. After years of being the part of the Reading Hell, things changed for Maxx on the arrival of a teacher 'Mr. Foxx'.Though Maxx hated him for his unique teaching methods but adored him at heart for his effort to present the reality of life.
The whole story revolves around the question Mr. Foxx asked 'When did you stop giving crap?' Together with all other kids in the classroom, Maxx rewinds his life story and stops at that particular moment when the world changed for him. I really admire the author's style of writing and building the characters. All the characters around Maxx are so funny and lost in their own issues. But every one of them feels much of an alive and active creation of the author. The author has mastered the art of gripping reader's attention with his way of story telling. From the fact that I have read it, I can assure you that it doesn't feel like reading a book instead you will feel like talking to Maxx and listening his story attentively. I felt so poor for Maxx through out the book that I couldn't stop crying.
Besides being funny and emotional, the book is too close to reality for some people. Though the book doesn't claim to inspire people but I have learnt a great deal from it. I am glad that I got the opportunity to review this book. I can read it couple of times again, without getting bored. I couldn't find any mistakes or typos in it. It is proficiently edited and the sequence in the book is exceptionally attractive.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I am very hopeful that young readers will love this book. All the characters are very funny and involving. From my point of view, readers are going to enjoy the character of Ricky Spellman a lot and they won't be able to stop laughing. And I really wish that it will inspire many more people like it did to me.
A Bloody Book
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