Title: Shoutykid: How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
Author: Simon Mayle
Page Count/Review Word Count: 336
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I have mixed feelings about Shoutykid – I’ve been sent two of the books to review, and I suspect that my thoughts on the first one will also apply to the second. It was a pretty good book, and I can totally see why kids would enjoy reading this – if they’re just going into their teens, it would be perfect.
But then, the same things that will make it relatable for them were what made it slightly grating to me, like the fact that I didn’t find Harry Riddles to be a particularly likeable character. That said, he was at least realistic, as were most of the other characters that were included.
What makes this particularly interesting is the fact that the manuscript is epistolary, which means that it’s told as a series of short episodes in the form of e-mails, text messages and forum posts. It’s quite hard to do it well, but it worked here, and it was also brought to life by the illustrations inside the book.
In terms of the plot, I obviously don’t want to give away too much, but I can tell you that it’ll be easy to relate to if you’re a schoolkid yourself. You can expect school football teams, zombie games and a cute girl that the protagonist has a thing for, which pretty much sounds like my own schooldays. That’s why I can see the potential here, and I can also assume that I would’ve loved to read this when I was younger.
Then there’s the fact that this is part of a series, and so if you really enjoy reading it then there are more books for you to absorb. It’s also a quick read, and that always helps!