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#1925506 in Books Anthony McGowan 2011-10-11 2011-10-11Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.25 x .50 x 5.50l, .35 #File Name: 0375855165224 pagesThe Knife That Killed Me | File size: 60.Mb Anthony McGowan : The Knife That Killed Me before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Knife That Killed Me: 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. couldn't put it downBy CustomerCouldn't put it down, compelling to the end. Looking forward to reading his other books. Great characters and I believed them all1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. LOVE!! ^_^By Kristen BenefielI LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! ^_^ It's perfect!3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. The Knife That Killed MeBy AlexBefore reading, I had heard both good and bad things about The Knife That Killed Me. And I had absolutely no idea what it was about when I started. But, wow am I


glad I got the chance to read it because it was really... indescribable.With a story unlike any other I have ever read, The Knife That Killed Me introduced me to a whole new world that I have been sheltered from my whole life. Living in a small, country town in the-middle-of-freaking-nowhere, USA, I had no idea things like this actually happened.The characters were average, nothing really special. But most of them didn't feel real enough for me to become too emotionally attached to, but some absolutely were. I didn't really like the protagonist, but feel that nobody else could have done the job of the main character justice, other than Paul. Most of the background characters were good too.The setting was decent. I liked that it was in the UK, but could it have been more described? Yes. Did it need to be? For the most part, no. You got the idea of the area and that gave you big enough hint to what you would be getting later on.The writing was my biggest problem with the books. It was so just so choppy. I felt like someone was just chucking short sentences at me as fast as they could. And I really couldn't stand it. I knew from the beginning that I would not like the writing, but I manned up and dealt with it.One thing that bothered me was the actual plot. Does this kind of stuff really go on? I have never heard of anything like this before. Sure, there are gangs in inner-cities, but do they really go to these extremes? If you have read the book and have actually heard of this kind of stuff in real life, please let me know.The Knife That Killed me was an emotional journey about a boy who goes down the wrong path. And keeps going until it is too late. If you need something to make you think, pick up this book. Before it kills you. Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But normal doesnt apply when it comes to the schools biggest bully, Rotha twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful.From the Hardcover edition. From School Library JournalStarred . Grade 9 UpMcGowan's use of in-your-face reality about high school pressures and gang violence makes the action in this story ring true. When Roth, the school bully, hones in on Paul Varderman, giving him a package to deliver to the leader of a rival gang in another school, Paul finds he cannot refuse, and he ends up in the middle of a turf war. Even the misfits who follow Roth around do what he says because they are so afraid of defying him. Roth's rivals decide to retaliate, and Paul must decide whether to join the fight or walk away. The teen has been struggling with the need to be part of something, to have a sense of belonging. The energy and excitement he feels when Roth hands him a knife are unlike anything he has felt before. This novel about tough choices and the consequences surrounding them is YA fiction at its best.Katie Hageman, Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge, VA Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From Booklist*Starred * After introducing a boy and his mouthy brain tumor in Jack Tumor (2009), McGowan returns with a razor-sharp tale set in a school in a lower-class area of Leeds. Paul Varderman is mostly a nobody, pretty much ignored by the jocks, geeks, punks, straights, freaks, and other microcliques, and only sometimes picked on by the brutal bully Roth and his cronies. He gets ensnared in Roths web when he is coerced into delivering a package to a rival gang leader (in an echo of the famous Godfather horse scene); at the same time, he is tentatively drawn into the fold of the freaks, captained by the charismatic Shane. Paul is repulsed by Roths easy capacity for tremendous violence, and he begins to warm up to his new friends. But his morality is tested by his role in an upcoming gang fight and the power he feels carrying around the wicked blade given to him by Roth. McGowans intense portrayal of a teen struggling to fit in is especially precise in depicting the conflicting desire to win approval and acceptance from someone you hate, and how easy it is to fall under that persons sway when he wields power with ruthless efficiency. The title and a clever bit of narrative structuring all but ensure a headlong dash through this book to find out whats going to happen with that fateful blade dripping blood on the cover. Grades 10-12. --Ian ChipmanAbout the AuthorAnthony McGowan was born in Manchester, brought up in Leeds, and lives in London. His previous novels for young adults are Hellbent and Jack Tumor.From the Hardcover edition.

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