Kevin’s Point Of View

Sep 262012

Kevin’s Point of View by Del Shannon

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Flatiron View Books (October 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615401236
ISBN-13: 978-0615401232

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.

  6 Responses to “Kevin’s Point Of View”

  1. Hi Vicki,

    This sounds like a great debut novel and quite a difficult subject to tackle for a novice author.

    It is always difficult to imagine what turmoil a child would go through, having to face the death of a parent or sibling, at a young age …. I can still to this day, vividly remember the death of my grandfather when I was five and the impact that had on me!

    This probably wouldn’t be a book for me, but I am glad that you felt it was worthwhile sticking with it and that you enjoyed it.


  2. I so know what you mean about the size of books. I prefer 200-250 pages, too, but lately everything has been about 400.

    Anyway, you did a good job at reviewing this and it sounds good, especially for younger readers.

    • I don’t mind Stephen King chunksters because they keep me hanging on every word and don’t seem that long to me. But, I have his books Under The Dome which is 1074 pages and want to get 11/22/63 which is 849 pages. They’re both so huge they scare me a little. But I will read them…I’ve been hooked on his books since Carrie came out. And I LOVED the Stand, it’s my all time favorite of his books, and it was huge too!

  3. Hi Vicki! I’m glad you were able to get a copy of this. I really enjoyed this! It’s smart and it’s fun … and funny! Totally a boys book … or an adventurous tomboy’s!

    Here’s my post about it:

  4. Hi there, the October edition of Books You Loved is live. Here is the link Books You Loved October Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

    PS I am a follower of your blog. I know you have linked in before, too – which is great. Would you consider following Carole’s Chatter back – or are you already?

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