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Guardian Review

Bullet Boys by Ally Kennen, reviewed by Anthony McGowan

McGowan doesn't find Kennen "at her peak" in this novel but begins with this perceptive introduction:

Times are hard for writers of realistic fiction for teenagers. The siren call of vampires, werewolves and zombies offers the chance of hot sales and crossover success. For those not tempted by the supernatural, the future beckons in the form of withered dystopian landscapes in which a teenage heroine can battle with crossbows against mutants, while you wait for the film money to roll in. Even Y/A novels with a contemporary setting tend to involve kids unexpectedly finding themselves to be secret agents, Ninja hitmen or cyborgs.

And yet, despite the market's indifference, much of the finest teen writing of recent years - books by Meg Rosoff, Keith Gray, Mal Peet, Phil Earl, Bali Rai and Catherine Bruton, among others - has been broadly within the realist fold. And perhaps no one has caught the intensity and mystery of the teenage experience quite so well as Ally Kennen.

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