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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Burn Baby, Burn Baby by Kevin Craig

Burn Baby, Burn BabyBurn Baby, Burn Baby by Kevin Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WOW was this a good book! I was sat reading this in between doing housework, seeing to hubby whose laid up with a bad back. I really really couldn't put the darn thing down. I know a lot of us reviewers say this, its a cliche! But I read this in one sitting.

We have an abusive Father who threw accelerant over his son [awful] and then lite him up with a match [who could do such an act!, it made me feel evil] His son was 8 years old when this happened. So straight away we could see what Francis had to contend with. With something like this happening, he is aware of others reactions to him, and lets me fair, people can be cruel, very cruel.

He is still at school, so you can imagine what sort of things, situations and events he has to go through.

Brandon is a horrible child! He called Francis Burn Baby [hence the title] but he wasn't the only one that put him through some emotional trials.

Trigg was Francis best friend, his support, he had his back.

All Francis wants is a 'normal' teen life, meet a girl etc so when that looks like its possible, can Francis overcome his feelings of self worth? can he overcome how he sees himself and see himself through the eyes of someone who loves him.

This was a truly remarkable piece of written work. I totally got lost in this story.

Well done to Kevin Craig for this wonderful book. This is my first time in noticing this author simply because I saw it for request on Net Galley and the publishers Curiosity Quills Press granted me a copy.
So I would like to thank them too

Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago.

Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars.

If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions.

Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted.

Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.

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