The Explosive New Novel From Ally Kennen, Master Of Teen Thillers Who Is Texting Scrappy Freaky Dares The Anonymous Sender Is Untraceable At First They Re Weird But Fun They They Become Dangerous Then Deadly But By Then It S Too Late For Scrappy To Stop Copied From The Back Of The Uncorrect Proof Ally Kennen explains why speaking to strangers is wrong. I liked it at the beginning but then it became boring and lost its exitment I ve had bad experiences with Ally Kennen Last year, her book, Sparks, was on the local book awards shortlist, and I can safely say that it was the worst book I ve ever read in my life So you can imagine my horror when I see she s gone and got on the shortlist again, this time with Quarry as expected, it was terrible.From the first page, I was bored to death The opening scene was probably supposed to incite some sympathy for Scrappy, or make me want to read in fact, it made me want to throw the book off a cliff No pun intended Scrappy s life situation is ridiculous His grandad s senile, he has to look after him, he lives in a scrapyard, his Dad s angry all the time, his Mum just moved out, his school is dilapidated et cetera After about ten million lamentations about how horrible Scrappy s life is, I just about lost my will to live In real life, yes, maybe it could happen but it s hardly very likely In a book, and an awful one at that, it feels like Kennen s just trying to make us like Scrappy by sympathising with him It s pathetic, especially when Scrappy s not all that likeable of a character in the first place One can t help thinking that he s pretty freaking stupid You get a creepy text from an anonymous sender telling you to go into your cockroach infested school yes, it s that dilapidated you see my problem while the bug exterminators are laying the place with poison Hey, let s go and do it
I haven t ever read anything by Ally Kennen before and I was pleasantly surprised by how good her book was.Quarry is a story about a 15 year old boy who lives in a scrap yard called Scrappy Scrappy is generally a bit fed up with his day to day existence His mother has got fed up with his dad and packed up and left His Grandfather is going senile and he has been left to look after him and generally life is a bit dull One day Scrappy starts to receive strange dares via text To start with he goes along with them for fun and the monetary reward that comes with their completion but as things progress the dares become frightening and nasty and Scrappy is left wishing he never got involved in the first place.I loved Scrappy as a character He is surprisingly upbeat despite all the things in his life he has to deal with You can t help but feel bad for him and the situation he is in I loved the relatinship he had with his grandfather and seeing their interactions especially the scenes on the old plane wreck.The whole stor was really creepy There were some scenes where I was generally freaked
Scrappy lives in a flat on a scrap yard with his older sister, senile grandpa and grumpy uncaring dad His mum left for another man a few months earlier Scrappy starts getting text messages daring him to do strange things for money At first it s fun, then it gets seriously weird, then dangerous and scary I started this book with very high expectations because I ve heard good things about Ally Kennen s books I didn t like it to start with, I felt like I was going to hate it even, possibly because of those high expectations But it grew on me Halfway through I couldn t put it down I wanted to know who was setting the dares and why and how it would end So often with books like this you get to the end and it s a total anticlimax, you re left with questions than answers and disappointed I think all bases were pretty muc
A great book, however, there are some parts which make little sense like one scene where Scrappy finds himself being chased by a large insect, which he later finds out is a foreign insect that is impossible for him to have seen you never hear of this insect again Was Scrappy hallucinating Or was it all to add up to the psychological effect We ll never know.Funnily enough, the front cover has the
Its probs a 2 and a half Younger readers especially boys will love it but I don t recommend for anyone abouve 14 full review will be on yabookreads.com 3rd feb 2011 with a giveaway and interview with author I was already struggling with this but after the dare with the chicken I can t bring myself to read any further I don t think it s a bad book but it s definitely not one for me.
- 240 pages
- Ally Kennen
- 12 March 2017 Ally Kennen