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Boom! by Mark Haddon

Age: Teen

Paranoid by his older sister’s taunts and teasing, Jim and his best friend Charlie spy on the teacher’s meeting one afternoon to see if they are indeed talking about expelling Jim from school. What they discover is a very huge and dangerous secret about two of their teachers, that soon changes their lives and sends the two friends on an adventure that is well…out of this world.

Boom! is a mix of My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. All in all, I found the book to be rather medicore, especially in comparison to Haddon’s other works; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and A Spot of Bother. I went into this book expecting more. The book started off strong but then dwindled during the last half. The characters weren’t very original; an angsty older sister dating a punk, a lazy younger brother with a troublesome best friend). The dialog is full of quips and nods to contemporary pop culture references. This book is written for a much younger audience than his first two books, and is more accessible and relatable for the preteens and teens, although it is quite British, so some of the terminology might be a comprehension barrier.

It is a rather quick read/listen, with only three discs on audio. The narrator was well paced, comical with a variety of tones for the different characters. I would recommend this book for any reluctant boy readers that just want something funny and out of the ordinary to read.

Boom!
by Mark Haddon
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Random House/Listening Library Audio, 2010
ISBN 0739381377
3 discs (3 hours, 46 minutes)

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