Title: A Kestrel for a Knave
Author: Barry Hines
Page Count/Review Word Count: 160
It’s interesting how books seem to change over time, all because of your own shifting perspectives on life. I first read this in secondary school as part of the required reading in our English lessons, and while I did enjoy it on that first read, I enjoyed it much more and had a much greater appreciation of it the second time around.
It’s heartbreaking in a good way, a story that’s easy to relate to if you’ve ever been an outsider. I’m glad I re-read it, even though I remembered the ending before it happened – it’s a tragic twist, but it fits in well with the rest of the novel. Life just isn’t too kind to young Billy Casper, and you can see why some kids turn out as bad as they do – blame society.