Fifteen-year-old Ilyas is under pressure from everyone: GCSE’s are looming and his teachers just won’t let up, his dad wants him to join the family business and his mates don’t care about any of it. There’s no space in Ilyas’ life to just be a teenager.
Serving detention one day, Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in Kelly Matthews, who is fed up with being pigeonholed as the good girl, and their friendship blows the social strata of high school wide open. But when Kelly catches the eye of one of the local bad boys, Imran, he decides to seduce her for a bet – and Ilyas is faced with losing the only person who understands him. Standing up to Imran puts Ilyas’ family at risk, but it’s time for him to be the superhero he draws in his comic-books, and go kick the moon.
From Muhammad Khan, author of the critically acclaimed I Am Thunder, comes Kick the Moon, an explosive second novel about making friends, and breaking them too.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
It took me a little while to get into Kick the Moon, but I loved the themes once I did. Ilyas is so heartbreakingly real and lovely! And Kelly is fab too – I really wanted more of her in the book to be honest.
Ilyas is getting in with a bad crowd, and has ended up in a gang and doing things he doesn’t want because he’s scared and this comes across so well. But I also love how Kelly is the reflection of that in her own way – in with the snobby rich white girls and trying to live up to their so called standards. This really showed that anyone can feel like they don’t measure up or that they have to fit in.
I love the descriptions of the comics too, I’m dying to read them but especially the Big Bad Waf. And I had some awesome maths teachers in my time but Ms Mughal sounds AMAZING.
Similar to his first book, one of the things I don’t love is that the language is very much in slang, and it does make it hard to read. HOWEVER. This makes it relatable to so many who wouldn’t normally pick up a book, and I love it for that. Yes, it’s not for me, but it will work for so many others.
I also love that it shows a different take on a religious family and how it’s a part of who Ilyas is, and how he obviously does stand by it. Again something unusual in ya, and something we should see more of.
Overall, I give Kick the Moon 3.5 stars!
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