Read 19 February 2012
My Rating 3 / 5
This book was reviewed for and on behalf of the Kindle Book Review.
Skater Boy is a young adult book and forms part of ‘the First Kiss Club’ series. The story is narrated by 15 year old Dawn, and charts her life as she struggles with her parent’s controlling nature and her first love.
The book is a sort of take on Romeo and Juliet – and Dawn herself likens her situation to the famous story. Dawn is part of the ‘in crowd’ at her private school, and is from the wealthy part of town. She’s destined to go to an Ivy League college and her life is mapped out by ‘the Evil Ones’. She then meets Starr, a new girl at school who encourages Dawn to the ‘wrong side of town’ where she meets Sean – a nice boy who is from a rough part of the city.
Essentially, the moral of the story is that people should not be defined by their economic circumstances – rich kids are not always nice and poor kids are not always drug dealers and down and outs.
The characters to me seemed a bit lacking in depth, and the story seemed to move quickly over just two or three weeks; I’d have liked to have seen more development of the character. Dawn didn’t come across as particularly likeable – she dumped the friends she’d known for her entire life – she’d grown bored of their conversations – and took up with Starr. The short time period also made quite a bit of the story seem implausible – I’d have liked it to have been split over 2-3 months rather then 2-3 weeks. I also think the book will date really quickly as there are so many cultural references in it; it felt at times that Mancusi was almost trying too hard to make the book ‘hip’ and appealing.
That said, it’s a nice comfortable read with a good moral story behind it. I’m not sure it’s a book that will appeal to an adult market – this is firmly a YA novel, and I’d even say it’d be more suited to the younger end of the YA market.
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