Author: Keren David
Published by: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: 6th September 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
This novel is about a boy called Ty (short for Tyler). He witnessed a knife crime, and now has to live in Witness Protection. A new name, a new look and suddenly Ty is a much more confident person. Things were bad at first...but now they're about to get even worse. As Ty struggles through life as Joe, a girl called Claire and a school race later and things seem to be getting a little better.
Keren's debut novel When I Was Joe was a brilliant read, and I really enjoyed it! Usually this wouldn't really be my kind of book, but it was recommended to me so I bought it....and it was amazing! It was a little slow to get into at first, but after the first chapter or so I was hooked. This book was mostly about the crime and what it had done to Ty and his family, but there were added twists to make it more exciting - definitely worth reading!
I don't think I've ever read a book before about a knife crime and the witness having to go into Witness Protection, so that made it even more gripping and addictive. I literally couldn't put this book down - you should all definitely read it!
A couple of months ago I won a proof of Almost True (the sequel) which isn't out until September. I've finished reading it, and a review will be up around August (I would review it sooner but I was asked not to.) For now, I'll just tell you that it was FANTASTIC!