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★★★★ The writing, particularly the dialogue, is superb - Gary Moreau (Top 500 Reviewer)
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★★★★★ Let's Kill Mr. Pond will stay with you for years - DSJM Reviews
★★★★★ This book will keep you thinking about adolescents and the world today - Misgvus
★★★★★ A true coming of age story about boys and the influence of friends. Very scarily real - BekaReads
- Publication Date : January 14, 2018
- File Size : 2120 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 249 pages
- Publisher : Chrome Valley Books (January 14, 2018)
- ASIN : B078NRCXQ4
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,545 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Johnnie and Sam were I guess you would call them best friends and live in the projects of Chrome Junction. I love how real events were added in the story. Anyway, the two boys were as opposite as could be. Sam was smart and on the quiet side, living with his parents and little sister in the fifth tower. Johnnie comes from a broken family and lives with his Dad, who is never around always working and his big brother who is way into sex to much and lives in the third tower.
The boys go to Chrome Junction Academy for school. I can’t quite tell you what grade they are in, because over in the UK, they call grades way different then here in the US. I want to say Middle School (7 or 8th grade). Out of their teachers, Mr Pond seemed to dislike Jonnie more then the rest and Johnnie convinced Sam that he needed to be killed. So the story takes off from here. The watching, the plotting, the planing and the timing. When the boys thought the time was right, they would strike.
The part of the police questioning and how it explained the who , the why and the where was fantastic. It put more inside to the story and some of the surprises were mind blowing, especially one. As a parent and grandparent, I have to laugh at some of the stuff Sam comes out with. Such as: By the way, is it normal for all white stuff to come out? and "Looks like an olden days machine thing" as Sam pointed at the CD Stereo player. "He's left his ... What ever that thing is ... playing music" These two don't know what a CD Player is. At least is wasn't an 8 Track player like I had as a teen. LOL! As usual, I couldn’t put the book down and I truly thought the boys wouldn’t go through with it. Andrew Mackay has a way of twisting the story just right so you think you are going one way, but you are really going the other way and I love that about his book
This is normally not my literary cup of tea, but I don’t believe in taking my mistakes in choosing out on my rating. The writing, moreover, particularly the dialogue, is superb. It is graphic and vulgar, but stops short of raunchy, in the precise way that adolescent boys often do in real life. It is tragic in the end, but more like the Lost Boys of Neverland embrace The Dark Side, which, of course, is where the satire comes in.
It’s a quick read and it will definitely hold your interest. There is a consistency to the writing that you won’t find in many books of any genre.
This was a psychological thriller taking place in a middle school. Jonnie and Sam live in an area where families have difficulties with day-to-day survival/ Jonnie’s mother left them and his father is basically an absentee parent. Sam’s parents are very strict, but Jonnie’s friendship and influence may not be the best for him. The two of them stand together backing each other up. As Jonnie’s behavior gets more out of control his temper starts to get the better of him leading him and Sam into trouble at school. Jonnie’s inability to understand how his actions lead to trouble he decides it would help everyone if they killed Mr. Pond. Sam not only goes alone with it, but his ability to plan things out makes it possible.
Now this was a very disturbing look at how some individuals minds can be warped into believing that everyone would be glad if they killed someone. Now Sam may have planned it out, but there is a distinct possibility he didn’t think they would really do it. But he should have known that Jonnie always does what he says he will do. The characterizations and real-to-life situations brought the story to life in the most tragic and diabolical fashion.
Top reviews from other countries
The matters of social inadequacies that are all out there but ignored by society and authorities and everyone conveniently turns their head/s from as if they don't exist. Economic inequalities, money on one side of the road but poverty on the other, broken families, only minor attempts to maintain a bond of family, teenage disrespect for authority (rendered by the authorities themselves in a lot of cases), bullying, digital games(& movies) promoting violence as the (only?) answer to boredom or anger, peer pressure and more. Even the almost hidden matter of Pond parking in a disabled parking spot - just a teeny weeny sentence, but it really says a lot; plus it's something that really gets up my nose. All out there so that people who read the book cannot turn away from it.
I saw it as a psychological murder/thriller that was a real page turner. Gradual developments of police investigation within the story fit in well too.