Kevin’s Point of View by Del Shannon
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Flatiron View Books (October 26, 2010)
Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character’s head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death. A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin’s whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected. Del Shannon’s imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.
When I first read the blurb for the book, I thought it would be a fun read. Then I saw that it was 400 pages and thought, oh crap. Anyone who knows me or reads my blog, knows that I like shorter books, between 200-250 pages, but lately all the books I’ve been reading have been 300 or more. But 400… I rarely read a book that long unless it’s author is my all time favorite, S.K., but I decided to give it a try since I loved the synopsis. I opened the cover and started reading, hoping I didn’t get bored and have to fight to finish it. I needn’t have worried. The book was wonderful.
Kevin lost his father about a year ago and is having a really hard time copping. He also has a really graphic imagination, and that causes him and friend Tony get into lots of trouble. Luckily, they have a nack for getting out of trouble too, also thanks to his imagination.
The book is filled with all kinds of characters. The good, the bad and the funny. LOL funny! There are also lots of white knuckle moments and surprises along the way. I really enjoyed the ending, and that makes a book more than worth reading.
I think the book has a very good storyline, and the characters make it joy to read. I think everyone would enjoy this book, but it would be an awesome read for younger readers, especially boys.