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"At this point Martin knew something terrible had happened to his face. His heart pounded in his chest. He shifted his eyes to the left and saw his father standing over him. `Are you OK, son?"
The British author, Benjamin Zephaniah, who also wrote "Gangster Rap", writes a book about a 16 year old boy named Martin, and his three friends, Matt, Mark, and Natalie. The book takes place in London, England, and the time is present. This raging page-turner is about Martin, the main character, getting into a high-speed pursuit, and crashing into someone, which ignites his car on fire, burning his entire face. This ground breaking novel about prejudice and what happened to Martin will change his life forever. After several operations, and weeks in the ICU, Martin is back at school, and home, and faces the world through the eyes of the unexpected. Many challenges await him as he tries to cope with his injuries, and his loss of friends. The only way Martin can escape from painful misery, is gymnastics, and when he joins the gymnastic team, only one thing can keep him going and focused, and that's perseverance, and determination. When the big gymnastics tournament comes up Martin is really self-conscious about his face, and his struggle to win is affected by how others view and comment on Martin's face.
My favorite part of the book was when Martin's team got third place in the school gymnastics competition. They did the routine, and executed it to perfection. I think that they should of got 2nd or 1st, because it sounded like they were the better team, but 3rd is very good also. This makes it special because Martin has worked his whole life for it, and it finally paid off.
The main idea that the author is trying to get to the reader, is to be thankful for what you've got, because before you know it, it could be gone in a flash. Your life can change suddenly, and forever. The author wants you to realize how things can happen. I can make a personal connection to this, because when I got in my crash and almost died, I wasn't as thankful and grateful as I am now. I feel very lucky to be here, alive and healthy.
Overall I loved this book! It was a great page-turner, and I liked how the author kept throwing the unexpected at Martin, and how Martin delt with it, with a positive attitude. I wouldn't change anything at all about this book. I strongly recommend this to people who hate life, or think that they have it bad; because it will make them think about how worse life can get in a blink of an eye. This book almost forced me to appreciate life better. It was an exciting book, and I really like the writing style of the author. I wish that this ok could have gone on forever!