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The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears - Review

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where did I get it? From Netgalley, thank you so much to St Martin's Press for granting my access.

What's it about? Luke Grayson has just moved to Ashland, Tennessee to live with his Baptist preacher dad for his senior year of high school. He has lived his whole life in Washington DC but his mum wants him to get to know his dad a bit, so he finds himself the novelty at school in a tiny town. He meets Delilah, who's dad is the police chief and who takes an immediate dislike to him. At school he meets Penny, a popular girl who's boyfriend, Grant Parker, is the star football player. Grant starts to bully Luke and play pranks on him and eventually the two have a stand off in the garage where Luke works. 
Luke is a really likeable character, he's very flawed and human. Everyone else isn't drawn as well, and I wish there'd been more interaction between Luke and his dad (and maybe even some thawing of their relationship). 
What age range is it for? 14+, it's quite tame. 
Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No
Are any main characters people of colour? No, I'm guessing there aren't many people of colour in a town like Ashland. 
Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? No
Is there any sex stuff? Some, it's done with a fade to black and there's little description though. 
Are drugs mentioned or used? Yes, there's some stuff about what Luke has used before at parties.
Is there any talk of death? Yes, but it's not explicit
Are there swear words? Yes a few. 
Would I recommend the book? Yes, I liked it well enough, even though I thought it was quite short and would have liked more of it. Luke is a really engaging character. 
How many stars? Six out of ten. I liked it. 

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