SCOUT by Sanjiv Lingard

leahralph's review

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This book is so unique and personally I find so hard to categorise because I don’t want to do it any injustice and pigeon hole it in any way whatsoever. It’s part murder mystery, part coming of age and completely heartbreaking. I mean ugly crying - but the best kind.
Scout is a seventeen year old girl whom is the sole carer for her mum whom has early onset dementia. She is also extremely talented at finding things that are lost...even people.
Although this novel is in the YA category I can’t recommend it highly enough to EVERYONE. It’s a beautifully written story that is as much a fast paced thriller as it is a beautiful coming of age story intertwined with a love letter to those whom care for their parents and family members with debilitating illness. A read that will stay with you long after the final page.

titanic's review

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Originally I was going to stop reading this book around the second chapter mark, but something in me decided I wanted to give it a chance so I continued reading and the book got better, slightly. Maybe it’s because I got an email asking for my feedback on the book, or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for reviewing cringe-worthy books. And this one definitely is, I continued reading it.

Now, without giving to much away, this book follows Scout and Mike and a small handful of other characters that don’t really matter. But Scout is an awful character. And I mean that. She’s got herself put into this little cliché of “I’m-a-nerd-uwu” and when she starts to hang out with the popular jock Mike, she’s shocked to discover that people are more than one-dimensional objects. What do you mean, you an athlete, like something other than sports? You are well-read? SHOCKING! You know, and enjoy, science? False! Tell the press because no jock can be both smart and athletic! It was such a cringe moment to read, and not, I repeat, not in a good way.

I’ve bookmarked so many faults with this book that I could talk about forever. There were some grammar issues that I noticed. Then there was the fact that it read like a popular Wattpad book from 2015. In all honesty, I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. The storyline was good, I enjoyed that she was able to track people, I just wish it was better written.

Also, a side note, Mike is written in this book as a dumb teenager who is constantly hungry and doesn’t know anything yet is expected to be super smart at science? Here’s a quote from the book: “I’m a guy–which means I’m an idiot because I don’t always think with my brain.” So, not exactly the best representation for males.

Honestly, I could include so many quotes that just made me roll my eyes, but I’ll spare you the torture. If you’re interested in reading the book, go for it. But in my opinion, it’s not worth it.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

thewoollygeek's review

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I loved the premise for this and it’s such an interesting read, completely different from any YA I’ve read before. This is the kind of book. That once you pick it up you are really reluctant to put it down. Well rounded relatable characters, wonderful writing, great plot twists. This is a thoroughly entertaining story.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

effy's review

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This book turned out to be very different than I expected but in all of the best ways. Despite having a supernatural ability, I found Scout highly relatable. This book was heartbreaking at times but in the most beautiful way. I found it impossible to stop once I started reading and would highly recommend it.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review