Monday, 27 January 2014

Tape by Steven Camden

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

Tape by Steven Camden

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Tape(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley.)
In 1993, 13-year-old Ryan records tapes about his life.
In 2013, 13-year-old Amelia finds some tapes in her grandmother’s spare room, and begins to listen to them, even though the person speaking is too faint for her to hear.
What is the connection between Amelia and Ryan?

This book was just dull. So little happened, and the twist was predictable from the blurb. Not impressed.

Ryan and Amelia were both pretty nothingness characters. All they seemed to do was argue with their friends and moan, and it got old quick.

The storyline was just dull. I mean so little happened it was ridiculous! There was one funny moment, and one slightly interesting moment right at the end, but it so wasn’t worth reading the whole book to get to. Most of the book was just two teenagers moaning!
There was a sort-of twist, but I guessed what it was just from reading the blurb – Amelia is in 2013, Ryan is in 1993, and they are connected by more than a tape. I’ll let you decide if you’ve guessed it too, but just in case (highlight to view spoiler - Ryan is Amelia’s father.)

There was one funny moment in there, which was probably the best part of the book for me (highlight to view spoiler - Ryan climbs over a fence to retrieve his football, gets his jeans caught, and ends up falling over the fence, his trousers come down with his feet trapped inside them, and he ends up on the grass in his white pants, at the feet of the girl that he fancies. Ha ha! ) but otherwise it was slow and boring.

There was another little interesting bit at the end, but it wasn’t exactly brilliant (highlight to view spoiler - the man that Amelia’s grandmother introduces to her is actually her father’s step-brother) and that was pretty much it.
Overall; dull, slow and predictable.
4 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry it was dull for you and wasn't enough going on. Sad face