Saturday, January 28, 2012

Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon

To escape the emotional turmoil of his father’s death 12-year-old Kevin Tobin has retreated inside himself, developing his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes everyone with his superhero antics, his ability to escape inside himself becomes critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death. When a mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted by a ruthless villain who is determined to retrieve the package, which holds the key to his plans for world domination. After enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the group escapes into the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado and eventually discover that Kevin’s entire existence is because of the love of someone we never expected.

If you are looking for a fun romp through all kinds of wacky, laugh-out-loud adventures, then this book should be on your list.

Kevin, the protagonist, has an imagination that never stops. It goes into overdrive when he is under stress, and it gets him in and out of all kinds of strange situations. Kevin is definitely the star of the book, with a personality that overflows from the pages. His side-kick, Tony, is the more sedate of the two, and is as funny as you’d expect a boy to be when he has Kevin as a best friend. The rest of the cast of characters are all entertaining, with Scratch taking the lead. Their interactions are definitely what make this book as interesting as it is.

The plot is fun, with many twists and turns that keep the reader turning the pages. Towards the end, there is a fabulous chase scene that will have you laughing until the end. That, for me, was worth the entire book. One thing I did question, though, is at the end, Kevin has another hyper-imagination moment, but supposedly, the cause of those lapses had already been resolved (I won’t reveal what it is, of course). It’s not a big deal, plot-wise, but it made me wonder.

I can definitely recommend this to adults and teens alike.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Sounds like a really fun book! :) thanks for sharing & happy reading!