Fifteen Bones


How did I get it?:
Received from author in exchange for a honest review.


Jake is not a bad person – he used to be the class joker, the comedian. He used to have ‘potential’. But now he’s been expelled from five schools and only Cattle Rise, a tough inner-city school, will take him. All he has to do is survive these first few weeks because otherwise he’s heading to the Detention Centre. But survival means keeping his head down, and that’s not something Jake’s very good at. What nobody knows is that Jake is drowning in grief – a grief that makes him angry and violent and unafraid. Then one night he hears screams in the night from the girl next door. Could it be that Robin’s trapped in a fate worse than his? Perhaps, in helping her, he can help himself. But, as he’s drawn into Robin’s world, Jake realizes that he’s about to discover what real danger is.


I had heard about this book before it was recommended to me by Jim over at Yayayeah. I thought that the synopsis sounded incredibly intriguing. The author was kind enough to send me a copy of Fifteen Bones so I could read and review it. I’m pleased I finally got around to picking it up. It’s definitely an interesting debut and quite unique compared to any other debut I’ve read so far this year.

Fifteen Bones centres around Jake who we find out is having an incredibly tough time. He’s been expelled from many schools and only a tough school will take him in. If he doesn’t behave himself then he will be sent to a detention centre. Jake’s not good at keeping out of trouble. It just seems to find him. Jake has a secret though. He’s behaving in this way because he is struggling with grief. Jake’s life begins to be dangerous when he meets Robin, the girl next door.

I have to be honest, it took me a while to get into Fifteen Bones but after a while it started to click and I began to really appreciate it. It’s definitely a book that gets better as it goes on. Fifteen Bones is a raw look at life for teenagers in the world of gang culture. It’s fascinating, but scary at the same time. I think that the author has really captured the characters beautifully. I didn’t necessarily love the characters, but I could appreciate that they were well written and intriguing. I can imagine that this book would be incredibly relatable to male teenagers, but it is definitely a book that can be enjoyed by both sexes and from Young Adult upwards.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A very authentic story about modern day teenagers and gang culture! It was a slow burner for me, but I appreciated the story as it progressed!

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