Book review: Kook by Chris Vick

I was lucky to receive an advance copy of this book – I requested it in fact, for the tagline alone…



A heart-pounding love story that grips like a riptide, and doesn’t let go…

Fifteen-year old Sam has moved from the big city to the coast – stuck there with his mum and sister on the edge of nowhere.

Then he meets beautiful but damaged surfer-girl Jade. Soon he’s in love with her, and with surfing itself. But Jade is driven by an obsession: finding and riding a legendary huge wave no one has ever ridden.

As the weeks wear on, their relationship barrels forward with the force of a deep-water wave – into a storm, to danger … and to heartbreak.

This book is from the Harper Collins children’s range, and is out on 7th April.

I gave it 5 STARS. It’s a bit of a slow burn at first, but when it gets going, it goes grip you, and I flew through the last 100 pages as the adrenalin kicked in and the story came alive. I wasn’t surprised to find that the author is a keen surfer and is involved with sealife, as these elements are so real and honest in the book that I felt right there, with the characters, surfing the ocean.

I won’t spoil anything, but this book is ideal for the age range it is aimed at, and is a bit of a sneaky tear jerker too. Told from a male perspective, it is a truly original story, and it is told well. One for the summer holidays, and I love that it’s set on the Cornish coast.


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