The first of the three-part All Saints series introduces Jimmy, a kid with a whole lot of problems.
Adulthood glitters on a distant horizon, beyond the bored gazes of distracted parents and teachers, and the blood, dust, and taunts of the playground. But perhaps freedom isn't out of reach, after all.
When Jimmy changes schools, he encounters a pack of boys who seem to be everything he isn't; strong, fearless, and just as untouchable as the adults in their exclusive mystical universe. More than anything, Jimmy longs to belong.
Surrounded by petty crims, racists, bullies, and the broken dreams of every generation before him, true friendship is a rare commodity. Jimmy might prove himself worthy, but the relentless weight of survival could test even the strongest loyalties.
If you could sum up In Defense of Jimmy Bramble in three words, what would they be?
Captivating, original, and dark.
What other book might you compare In Defense of Jimmy Bramble to and why?
This reminds me of some of James Patterson's work, which is a lot to say given that he's one of my favourite authors!
What about Gary Murrell’s performance did you like?
I felt that the narrator's voice was incredibly well suited to the tone and atmpshere of the book - His voice was also incredibly engaging and made me want to carry on listening.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There weren't too many laugh out loud moments and I didn't cry, although I did feel incredibly enticed and captivated by the atmosphere of the book, which was very well done/
Any additional comments?
This was an absolutely incredible read/listen from start to finish and I'd thoroughly recommend it! A definite page-turner.