Sunday, 4 November 2012

Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf

Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf
Tim Collins
London, Michael O'Mara Books, 2011, 224p

This book is a really fun, easy read. Luke Thorpe is a tragic character - he is school prefect, the victim of being intelligent and hard working. Until he wakes up one morning to find his room ransacked.

He starts developing strange tendencies, like wanting to chase squirrels. He starts craving raw meat. And his body starts changing, getting more hairy. At first he thinks it's rabies, since he was bitten by a dog not long ago; but it turns out he's a werewolf, of course.

It's easy to like Luke, and to feel sorry for him. He wants to do well with his GCSEs, but he also needs to learn to control his changes. Collins is funny and intelligent, just like his character. The element of the supernatural is a great twist on the conventional coming-of-age story. 

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