Thursday 19 February 2015

Smart by Kim Slater

Title: Smart
Author: Kim Slater
Published: 5th June 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


I absolutely love the cover of this book! Even the inside covers have the wonderful drawings in them. The cover alone is enough to make you want to pick this book up.

The way this was written reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime except that the brilliant protagonist in this (Kieran) was excellent at drawing and not maths. Kieran is autistic, so he sees the world a little differently to those around him. So when Jean's friend Collin gets killed and the police don't seem to want to do anything about it, Kieran takes matters into his own hands.

Kim Slater writes brilliantly. You really feel as though you are in Kieran's head whilst reading and like the book is called, I thought he was ten times smarter than the rest of us with the way he looks at the world. Kieran notices things that the rest of us don't and I think I preferred his way of thinking to my own. He is an instantly likeable character his story really made me feel sad as it was so real and honest, and made me realise there are probably thousands if not millions of children in similar situations to him. 

Even though the story is dark, Kieran's point of view makes us see the good where there is bad, like his friendship with homeless lady Jean and making friends with Kawanda when no one else would. 

I particularly enjoyed the mystery element to Smart, it keeps the story going and I really wanted Kieran's crime investigating to work out.

A really sweet, sad story that you will race through. I'm looking forward to more from Kim Slater


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