PLOT: Expelled from boarding school, teenage Punk Rock rebel Kenny Silvers returns to early 1980s London to renew his friendship with former partner in crime, Eddie. Kenny's downward spiral, from scholarship student to squat-dwelling delinquent, forms the backdrop to a powerful rites of passage tale exploring themes of alienation and drug addiction through gritty dialogue, colourful imagery and a rich vein of black humour. This is Catcher In The Rye for Generation X.
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RUDE BOY has received critical acclaim from publishers and readers alike. Here is a selection of comments:
Publishers' Comments on RUDE BOY:
I liked the Shameless approach and the sheer verve of the narrative.
Claire Smith, Harper Collins
There's a lot to admire about this strange and entertaining novel - I was intrigued by the story of Kenny, particularly the way in which his angry, rather twisted outlook provides so much humour.
Lee Brackstone, Faber
I enjoyed reading RUDE BOY - it's an evocative setting; Simon writes well, and his characters are well developed.
Alex Clarke, Penguin/Michael Joseph
Ravi Mirchandani (formerly Heinemann, now Atlantic Books)
Amazon buyers' comments on RUDE BOY:
Couldn't put it down and left me staring at the final words hoping that more would magically appear and continue the story!!
Fantastic read. Totally enjoyable. You cannot be but taken with the lead character,Kenny's, irreverence. The honesty of Kenny's feelings is all things- refreshing, laugh-out-loud funny, touching, sad, but always totally believable.
This is written with a likeable sneer. Kenny is a convincing anti-hero - behind the brash and bravado, the posturing and the profanity, is a character who we find ourselves willing kindness on.
This is warts and all adolescence at its worst and entertaining best… breathtakingly real.
brilliantly written…despite being at times shocking, there were many times that I could not stop laughing. And what an ending! I implore everyone to buy this book!
I loved it. Once It hooked me I couldn't put it down until it was all read. The twist at the end is genius!
Corbin has a great skill in bringing characters alive.
Suitably marketed as a modern day Catcher in the Rye, this is a book not to miss.
…a very readable, beautifully described, eclectic mix of humour, emotion, teenage angst and rudeness!
…a real page-turner; I simply had to keep reading!
This is the kind of book I wanted to read when I was 16: Billy Liar meets Suedehead. Tremendous!
I just finished Simon's book. It ranks up there with Dee Dee Ramone's Lobotomy and Chelsea Horror Hotel, but better because it is more insightful, and it really is about a kid who is in over his head, dealing with adult issues when he's not ready for them. Making some not so great decisions--haven't we all? You always feel under Kenny's toughness is just this kid who wants to be recognized. Who wants some respect. Who wants to find the love of his life. So go buy a copy!