Thursday, 24 February 2011

TEEN: In the Bag - Jim Carrington

Release Date: 07/02/11


Joe and Ash are best friends. Ash is the leader, Joe the one who follows. Then one night after a party, Joe and Ash come across a holdall, seemingly abandoned by the side of the road. They open it up ...and find GBP20,000 in cash. Of course they're going to hand it straight to the police. Aren't they? Or is all that money just too tempting? Whoever has lost it won't notice if a bit goes missing, will they? And that is precisely when the trouble starts ...Jim Carrington has already established himself as a fine writer for teens with his debut novel, Inside My Head. With In the Bag, he shows how horribly easy it is for two teenage boys to make a car crash of their lives, through an unlucky combination of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and making a handful of wrong decisions.


If you’re looking for an author who can bring realistic characters to the fore and deal with subjects thoroughly alongside entertainingly for the young reader then you really have to try Jim Carrington, previously we’ve read about broken homes as well as bullying and in this book he demonstrates how easy it is for one bad choice to lead you into a world that is dangerous and nearly impossible to escape.

It’s dark, it’s frightening and perhaps made even worse as the majority of readers will be able to associate with the characters to one degree or another. Jim makes them real, gives them genuine reactions and above all else makes sure that you really hope that they can manage to get themselves out from the situation before the title ends. Whilst perhaps not for everyone if you like a realistic twist to the authors voice and characters that you can identify with alongside root for then this is definitely the author for you.

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