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review 2017-09-18 00:44
Hunter and the Grape by Eoin C. Macken - My Thoughts
Hunter and the Grape - Eoin C. Macken

I do love Eoin Macken's writer's voice.  He has lovely turns of phrase and a thoughtful way of seeing things that verges on the poetic at times.  Which shouldn't suprise me, he does write poetry. 
I loved Eoin' s first book, Kingdom of Scars, and was looking forward to reading this, his next offering.  Now these books are not in genres that I often, if ever, read.  Gonna be honest, I read the first one because I love Eoin on TV and was curious.  I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the man could write!  And write well! 

So, Hunter and the Grape.  I didn't love it as much as I loved Kingdom of Scars, I will admit.  This time, the hero is a little older - he's eighteen and his life just totally sucks.  He leaves home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, meets up with a girl and the adventure begins.  This book would make a terrific movie.  I found it reminiscent of My Own Private Idaho, Heathers, Beautiful Thing and What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Reading this book made me wish I was 16 again.  Not because I want to live my life over or anything, but because then I could enjoy this book totally and fall in love with Cat/Hunter, the main character and wish I was Grape.  They're so screwed up, but not.  They get into so much trouble and then get out of it.  They can make $87 stretch FOREVER. 

It's a beautifully written book.  I love Eoin's words.  This is YA literature, in my humble opinion.  :)

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review 2014-09-30 19:15
Kingdom of Scars: A Novel by Eoin Macken - My Thoughts
Kingdom of Scars: A Novel - Eoin Macken

A terrific novel reminiscent of "Catcher in the Rye", "Lord of the Flies" and "Stand By Me". I will freely admit that I bought this book because it was written by Eoin Macken, a favourite actor that I wanted to support. I was prepared for it to stink, but you know what? It DEFINITELY DOES NOT stink!


The novel is set in the suburbs of Dublin and it FEELS like I imagine the 'burbs of Dublin should be -and really, it's not so different from any suburb, anywhere. The prose is rich and evocative, the dialogue clear and unique in my mind's ear and it's just an all-round feast of a read. "Kingdom of Scars" is Macken's first novel and I hope not his last. He has a talent and flair for writing that needs to be shared, and read by all ages. Macken remembers what it's like to be a teenage boy and shares with us all the uncertainty, bravado, hope and despair of being 15 years old with an artful hand.


I don't read many YA books any more - they don't hold my interest, but this one had me hooked from beginning to end.  These kids are real.  Flawed, imperfect, growing, dumb as posts and brilliant in the most surprising ways.  I knew boys like all these boys here, hell, my own son fits in there somewhere.  :)  And I knew girls like the girls that make up part of the story, I was one of them way back when.  


Treat yourself.  Read this book.


An extra bonus is the interview with the author at the end of the book. Eoin Macken has talent, folks!

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