The Boy Who Made it Rain (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/6/3
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Recommended age 16+. When a school tragedy happens, you may lay the blame on society, the Internet, TV or violent films. Not many of you think it could be the parents' or teachers' fault, do you? But then, is it? We have our say, spout off opinions in different directions according to our view of the world. In this novel, too, they all have their say, but who's right? At only sixteen Clem's world is turned upside down. His Willy-Loman-like father, a travelling salesman and a loser, is transferred from Eastbourne to Glasgow and along with him go Clem and his meek accommodating mother. But Glasgow is rough and Clem's posh English accent is not well-accepted in the sink school he attends. And he's a brilliant scholar. He soon becomes the target for McEvoy's group of thugs for whom slashing faces is the most important ambition in their depraved lives. When a school tragedy happens, you probably lay the blame on society, the Internet, TV or violent films. Not many of you think it could be the parents' or the teachers' fault, do you? But then, is it? We all have our say, spout off opinions in different directions according to our view of the world.In this novel, too, they all have their say, but who's right?
"innovative and insightful... couldn't wait to devour part two" Times Educational Supplement "I was utterly flabbergasted... one of the most compelling novels I've ever read" Heffers Review, Cambridge "definitely up there with the modern classics" What? Magazine "A must-read for teens and adults... an innovative novel that will keep you glued to the story until you turn the last page and learn the final outcome... Thought provoking, mind stimulating and characters with individual voices that are heard loud and clear, 'The Boy Who Made it Rain' is a must read for everyone. Author Brian Conaghan brings to light the issue of bullying, class issues, prejudice and the difficulties teens face growing up in any society or country today." Fran Lewis: New York Reviewer, talk show host and interviewer商品の説明をすべて表示する
strange school, the target of many other kids and as well as vicious rumors, and the resulting violence that occurs.
This is no fantasy - kids can be vicious - just remember the names you used to call your friends, rumors you would hear, how easy it was
to make someone a scapegoat. Of course bullying is not isolated to
kids - we see it clearly in domestic and international politics on a grand scale.
Brian Conaghan uses mounting suspense and an ironic ending to show us not only the consequences of violence, but its utter uselessness as well.
THE BOY WHO MADE IT RAIN is a valuable, gripping read.
For those of you who don't know, American English and Scottish English are very, very different. With all the slang terms people use, I'm not even sure an American and a Scottish man could get through a conversation without getting lost. That's what makes this book hard to grade. I'm an American. This book is Scottish.
The Boy Who Made It Rain is either brilliantly written or literary garbage. I still can't tell. There's lots of slang to be read, and I'm not sure if the dialogue is realistic or not. It's very frustrating. How am I supposed to provide a good recommendation if I can't understand half the stuff the characters are saying. I'll try my best, people, but results may very.
The Boy Who Made it Rain is split up in two parts. The first unnecessary, the second intriguing. The first part, "What They Said", is filled with different people vaguely mentioned Clem and what they thought of him. The second part, "What Clem Said" focuses on Clem's experience at his new school and how he went from the new kid on the block to the school's best punching bag.
The second part in this novel is so much more enjoyable then the first. I think the first one was unneeded. It contains narration by unimportant characters that will drop off from the story in the second part, and only brushes by the most important part of the novel. It wants to keep you guessing on what happened to Clem that was so bad, but doesn't give you enough clues to do so.
Clem is a great protagonist. He is deep, with a much better understanding of the world than his peers have. In his part of the story, he tells the part the reader actually want to know. One of my favorite authors, Veronica Roth, once said that the big thing about editing is that if it doesn't need to be there, it shouldn't be there. that rule is not followed in The Boy Who Made it Rain.
However, What Clem Said is a thrilling conclusion to the novel, with an open ended last chapter leaving the reader wanting more. It wouldn't hurt to skip the first part altogether and go straight to the second. The first fails to mention the main protagonist, and doesn't really tell me too much about Clem.
I'm not sure what to think of this one, but let's give it a four stars for puzzling me.
Up until the ending, it was a two star book. It was kind of interesting, a different spin with different people talking about an event that happened.
So yeah I was curious about what was going to happen, it was a slow build to the climax of of what really happened at the school.
Then you get to what happens, then it just ends.
What. The. Hell.
It just ends, so you don't know the consequences are, so yeah this book wasn't for me.