The Gamal

The Gamal

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Meet Charlie. People think he's crazy. But he's not. People think he's stupid. But he's not. People think he's innocent-- He's the Gamal. Charlie has a story to tell, about his best friends Sinéad and James and the bad things that happened. But he can't tell it yet, at least not till he's worked out where the beginning is. Because is the beginning long ago when Sinéad first spoke up for him after Charlie got in trouble at school for the millionth time? Or was it later, when Sinéad and James followed the music and found each other? Or was it later still on that terrible night when something unspeakable happened after closing time and someone chose to turn a blind eye? Charlie has promised Dr Quinn he'll write 1,000 words a day, but it's hard to know which words to write. And which secrets to tell. This is the story of the dark heart of an Irish village, of how daring to be different can be dangerous and how there is nothing a person will not do for love" -- from author's web page.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608198757
1608198758
Characteristics: 469 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

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Jan 10, 2015

There were some good things about this book. I really liked the conversational style of the narrative. Charlie's thoughts and observations were about what you'd expect from an teenager who has ODD and PTSD. The opening was good and got me interested in reading the rest of the story.

Unfortunately there was just too much cursing for me. I hung in there for the first 100 pages, actually a little more. But the prominence of the 'f' word on almost every single page (usually more than once) and the description of many of the 'bad' characters with the very crude c*#! word was enough that I didn't think I could take 300 (or so) more pages of it.

So, I didn't rate it because I didn't finish it. I'm not one to abandon a book because of a few well placed curse words, but this exceeded my definition of few - even though this may be in line with how teens are accustomed to expressing anger these days.

So, the story itself looked quite interesting, and the narration was appealing - except for the cursing.

clipshie175 Dec 23, 2013

I hate books where you know from the first page that something awful has happened and that the narrator knows what happened but you the reader won't know what happened for hundreds of pages. This is that kind of book.

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