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The Boys of Summer: A Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ciarán West

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"The much downloaded and critically acclaimed page-turner from the author of Girl Afraid. You'll be gripped, you'll be heartbroken, you'll finish it in one sitting. Make a pot of coffee, call work and say you won't be in. The Boys of Summer owns you for the next twenty four hours. You don't get a choice in the matter." - Thrillers & Chillers

"West writes about childhood - all the politics, secret joys, terrors, and anxieties - so thoughtfully that by the time you realize that this is not your childhood it's impossible not to relate. The story is reminiscent of The River's Edge and early Stephen King, but with a voice that is uniquely West's own. It is lush and beautiful and heartbreaking."-

It's 1989 in Limerick, Ireland, and eleven year old Richie South's summer is shattered by a terrible crime which happens within a few feet of his home. When little Tommy Kelly is murdered in the local quarry, Richie and his friends decide that they are going to bring the killer to justice.

Richie grows up fast, experiencing grief, horror and even love, in the the space of a few sweltering hot days. Friendships crumble, families are destroyed, and a romance blossoms from the unlikeliest of sources. From the first page until the last, we are inside Richie's thoughts: Living every second of his terror; knowing every minute of his joy; feeling what it is to be a child again.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 501 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 243 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: hhpublishing; Auflage: 2 (20. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008NQRL46
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #357.821 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful and ugly, all at once. 25. Juli 2012
Von Norma Desmond - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've just finished this book, and I feel like I've been punched in the gut and left for dead. In the best possible way. You think you know where it's going, you think you know what's coming, but you don't. You just... don't. Mr. West spins a sense of unease from the opening pages, and builds it and builds it into a tangible dread and an ending so horrible and real, I may well have nightmares. My heart raced through the entire last of the story, and I could not put it down. Reminiscent, in my mind, of Stephen King at his best; so vivid, it drags you right in.

It's not all despair and darkness, though; woven throughout is the engaging and gorgeously illuminated story of narrator Richie South's coming of age with the girl next door. These dreamlike moments interlock with the rest to make young Richard a fully relatable person, rather than a character in a novel.

The Limerick slang may take a bit of getting used to, but it's well worth the effort (and by effort, I mean taking ten seconds to google "Irish slang: (word)." Believe you me, I'm not one for having to work too hard). I look forward to many more tales from this excellent author. He's pure rapid, shur.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An authentic voice with a harrowing tale 25. Juli 2012
Von Bonnie J. Miller - Veröffentlicht auf
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What a debut. Written in an authentic Limerick voice, Ciaran West weaves a tale that immediately pulls you in. Richie's fear is palpable, and the writing so vivid, I could see the streets he ran through, his home, and so much more. It takes a few pages to get into the slang, but it is very much worth it.

Well done, and I look forward to more!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WOW! 26. Juli 2012
Von Miss C. Marquis - Veröffentlicht auf
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Well, I have just finished and I can honestly say I feel exhausted. This book took me on a roller-coaster through the whole feckin' theme park.

I thought I knew where it was headed and then BAM! West pulls out something I hadn't even considered, and I was constantly wondering and guessing at how this story was going to pan out, even until the final pages. When I was once again blown away.

This book is horrifying but beautiful at the same time, if that makes sense. Seeing the world through the eyes of an eleven year old boy made me slightly uncomfortable to start with, but then I stopped reading as an adult and started feeling like a kid again, you know that time between being a child and becoming a young adult. This book had me feeling, not just reading. My heart thumped along with Ritchie's, along the many twists and turns.

This book has depth, humour and heart. The story can be dark reading material, but it was absolutely thrilling. I was hooked, not just by the twists in the tale but by the characters. You find yourself really caring for some of them, others; not so much.

I honestly can not recommend this book highly enough. I'm actually sad I have finished.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heart-wrenching, heart-pounding, yet somehow also heart-warming 26. Juli 2012
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West draws you in with his sure voice and sense of place and time--Limerick, Ireland in the 1980s--but what starts as a rollicking coming-of-age adventure tale turns into a white-knuckle, rollercoaster ride. I found myself not breathing in spots and at one point had to put my Kindle down and consciously relax my clenched muscles. Is there such a thing as emotional whiplash? I think I need a neck brace for my FEELINGS.

While West has a spare style and voice all of his own, I personally felt shades of Tana French and earlier Stephen King (before his editors got so indulgent) in this book.

While the book covers some disturbing topics, West handles them without sensationalizing or becoming graphic. This is definitely a book for mature readers, though, not YA.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A lot can happen in a day and a half 27. Juli 2012
Von lowercase_ryan - Veröffentlicht auf
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I honestly feel like I've spent the last 36 hours in Limerick, Ireland. A place I never knew I wanted to go but one that I longed to go back to five minutes after I finished the book. I can't remember the last time a book has so completely transported me to a different time and place. The world that Mr. West has created will stick with me for a long while and I couldn't be happier about it. I find the best books contain characters we can connect with and relate to. The speed with which Mr. West is able to establish a connection between the reader and Richie is startling and wonderful. This book is emotional to be sure. This is not a lollipop and merry-go-round tinted revisiting of one's youth, but rather a very honest examination of a young boy being introduced to the world. Watching Richie as he comes to understand that he will always have to navigate through the good and bad in life, and then the subsequent realization that he has the strength to do so, is heart-warming and inspiring. What I'm about to say may be a reach, and I acknowledge as much. I hate to draw this comparison because I don't feel it's fair to Mr. West at all, and also because I am by no means a literary scholar. But for me anyways, Boys of Summer is something of a Catcher in the Rye for those of us who grew up in the 80's.
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