Title: Cruel Summer
Author: James Dawson
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pub. date: August 1, 2013
3.5 - 4 Stars
Ryan, one of the characters thinks of his life like it is a TV show so instead of chapters there are scenes and everything from the start to all that follows is just a way for his 'TV show' to get ratings. If someone had told me before I read this book that one of the main characters pretended his life was a TV show I would have avoided it for that reason alone. I don't know why, but the idea just does not appeal to me. In saying that I had absolutely no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, I hadn't even heard of it before. I just liked the pretty cover and that was the reason I chose it. Right from the start though I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ryan's chapters because I would hear more about how the 'TV show' was doing in his head, it was a really interesting concept so don't let that scare you away from this book.
Another thing that you should know about this book is that James Dawson is not afraid to kill off the characters... I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil this for anyone who hasn't read it and is planning to do so, just know that you have been warned. It is a murder mystery after all.
Overall I really did this book and I would recommend this to anyone, even if you don't like reading murder mystery themed sort of books. I usually stay away from them, but as I said before I chose this book because of the cover and the cover alone, so I didn't know that it was about a murder... I even missed the "It's murder under the sun..." subheading on the front.
Can anyone who has read Hollow Pike tell me if it's worth getting hold of?