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Noah

Noah Can’t Even
Written by Simon James Green
Scholastic £7.99
ISBN: 978-1407179940

Like a modern-day Adrian Mole, Noah Grimes is a teenage boy with a sharp wit, high ideals and even higher standards, thanks to his Gran. Being respectable, however, has skipped a generation -  much to his embarrassment, when everyone finds out about his mother’s Beyoncé tribute act. Awkward and socially inept, Noah is thrown from one crisis to another as he tries to untangle his sexuality.

After being accused of getting a girl pregnant, despite still being a virgin, Noah’s confusion deepens as he realises the kiss he shared with his best mate, Harry, was better than any he’s had with a girl. Simon James Green’s striking and sometimes cringe-inducing debut novel faultlessly balances humour and irony with the dramatic and heartfelt. Noah might be inept, but his vulnerability makes his story engaging as well as entertaining. A thought-provoking read for more mature teenagers.

Benjamin Scott


 

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