‘Skippy Dies’ by Paul Murray

I only finished reading this 2 days ago so it’s a fresh one! I borrowed it from my Aunt who is usually a sure bet for books but apart from her telling me it was worth the read I had no other preconceptions. The book is all about Skippy, who..dies..obviously.

The story is set in an all boys boarding school called ‘Seabrook’ in Dublin. Straight away you are sucked into Skippy’s world; the teachers, classmates, his best friend Reprecht who he shares his dorm room with and his love of video games. The author doesn’t shy away from depicting a very true-to-life account of how lads actually carry on in boarding school which makes for a lot of humour however not long into the book you see there are a lot of problems lurking beneath the surface.

Not wanting to give too much away (or bore you) the book unravels what exactly caused Skippy to die and the findings are quite shocking. Judging the book by the cover (excuse the pun) you would be forgiven for thinking it was a light-hearted, quirky sort of book that would shy away from any real issues however it is full of drugs, sex, violence, depression, abuse, you name it!

The only drawback of the book is the length. At 660 pages it’s longer than your average read and while I could hardly put it down for the first 3 or 400 pages I found I kind of ran out of steam, or the story lost its momentum a little bit towards the end. Nonetheless very readable and gives an excellent account of the kinds of problems teenagers have to deal with nowadays.

Verdict: Definitely worth the read but because of the length I won’t be picking it up again!


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