Monday, February 22, 2010

Book review: Power and Hinton

In his Junior Certificate book report, Chris Doherty chose two books for his comparison which clearly fit together well - S.E. Hinton's classic The Outsiders, and the much more recent Bad Day in Blackrock by Kevin Power, recommended by SCC English here last April.

Chris writes: - My main novel, Bad Day in Blackrock, is based around the glamorous lives of wealthy private schoolboys in South Dublin and is set in the modern era. It focuses on the difficulties associated with teenagers’ experiences today, and the challenges faced by upper-middle class teenagers. I feel that I can relate well with this book and therefore understand its complexities more fully. The Outsiders, on the other hand, is based in the 1960s, and concentrates on the life of the lower class citizens, or ‘thugs’ and ‘greasers’, as they are known. This is also interesting because it is a setting I am not familiar with, and therefore my reading had an element of learning to it, giving me an insight into a different world.

Read the full report by Chris here.

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