Seven-year-old Charlie thinks he is invincible. He is convinced he has a clock for a heart, which makes it impossible for him to die or feel the sort of heartache his mother always feels every time she and Charlie must flee another abusive loser who doesn’t deserve a woman like Charlie’s mum.
But yet again Charlie and his mum find themselves at Aunty June’s in Brighton on the south coast of England. And while Charlie’s mum seeks refuge, Charlie himself lets his curiosity get the better of him in his latest attempt to prove his own immortality.
That’s when he meets him. The boy who saves Charlie’s life. The boy from Brighton.
BUY LINK: Wilde City Press
REVIEW: Lynn, 4
I’ve read quite a few books from Geoffrey Knight and have enjoyed all of them so I was pretty sure I was going to like this story too. After reading the blurb, I had no idea what to expect. The blurb really didn’t give anything away so I went in not knowing a whole lot. I was not disappointed.
This story had me from the get go. The humor, the adventure and just the interactions of the characters. Ant and Charlie had me hooked. You feel the sense that something special is going to happen with these two young boys. The caring way Ant takes care of Charlie when he’s injured. The way Charlie is just enthralled with Ant and wants to be near him, and gets caught up in anything Ant is doing or about to do. These two together are quite entertaining.
The only thing missing from this story is, what happens next? There were twists and turns, and subtle hints, but at the end I wanted so much more! I want to read about Ant and Charlie all grown up.
REVIEW: Dolorianne, 5
I agree with Lynn, such a compelling story.
From Charlie’s tick-tock heart to Ant’s spontaneity, both characters jump off the page. Each are compulsive in their own way, and that leads them to meet under dire circumstances. A day that could have ended horribly turns out to be the best ever, a day that influences the rest of their lives. These boys are in different stages of their adolescence, but they are both able to see exactly what they need to see. Not only is it sweet and endearing to read, it’s quite beautiful.
There are a few subtle (and not so subtle) things going on outside of Charlie and Ant’s bubble. As the boys have their fun, the adults seem to be imploding. This is a short story so their actions are shown briefly, just enough to shape the world around Charlie and Ant. A way to contrast the inner peace, confidence, and awareness they are both able to achieve in their perfect-but-not-so-perfect day. Regardless of how short the page time is, these supporting characters are just as brilliant, and help to explain who Charlie and Ant are by what they’re going through.
This short story is fast paced, fun, and a nice shout out to the 80’s. Their interaction is age appropriate and could easily be enjoyed by readers of any age group.
If there is anything I disagree with Lynn on, it’s the ending. Of course I would like to have more from these characters because they are great characters. But I don’t feel like there is anything that I need to know, or that there is anything left unsaid. The ending is such that I know that everyone will be fine and happy. And that makes me happy.