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24 July 2015

The Silent Striker by Pete Kalu - Book Review

The last book I read was The Silent Striker, the second book in the Striker series by Pete Kalu, which was kindly sent to me by the Hope Road Publishing, a London publishing house.
The Silent Striker is the story of a young boy, Marcus, who struggles with his daily life at both school and home because of his crazy parents, and, mainly, his hearing disability. Marcus's passion is football: while his coach supports him, his annoying geography teacher gets in the way and tries to stop him, merely for racism (Marcus's ethnicity is African). All such elements make Marcus feel super miserable; however, he soon realises that things could still turn out in a good, more positive way. On the back cover, The Silent Striker is defined a Young Adult book. The first reason that pops up in my mind is that the protagonist and some of the secondary characters (his friends, his kinda-girlfriend) are teenagers growing up with their dreams and failures. But besides that, important themes are dealt with, such as racism, disability, depression, in a very subtle way, introducing young adults to these issues through a careful lens. Not only does Kalu make irony in order to unburden them, but his direct dialogues also show their graveness in a modern time and in a developed country such as the UK. As for Kalu's style, I thought it was great. Smooth, clear, interesting. I enjoyed reading the book from the beginning to the end and didn't feel like there were gaps or slower bits. The football scenes were harder to follow at first (the only time when I watch it is the World Cup), but soon understood the enthusiasm linked to them, especially in the final match where I felt like I was watching Jess from Bend it like Beckham play. Overall, I think that The Silent Striker is a pleasant book for any time of the year - fun like summer with dark sides like winter. It's also a book one might want to read when struggling with a disability and feeling in need of a smile. You don't need to be a teen - this is open YA fiction for all ages with a style very far from that of Hunger Games or the Divergent series.

My edition: Pete Kalu, 2015. The Silent Striker. London: HopeRoad.

The Silent Striker is out in the UK in July 2015. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking here.

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read, I'm disabled so would really like to check it out. Great review.

    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! I hope this can be of help <3 x

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