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Thursday, January 19, 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.
Kevin's Point of View is a hilariously fun and adventurous ride into the wild imagination of a 12 year old boy. After the death of his father, Kevin begins to unleash his imagination, taking over the life of Captain Disaster or Marine Boy, covering the pain and allowing all sorts of comical madness to ensue. When one day he accidentally receives an unknown package in the mail carrying the Influxitron (a time machine) Kevin becomes the prey of an evil madman hell-bent on getting it back.

This book is one continuous adventure that'll keep you addicted to the very end. Kevin is a spunky and spontaneous preteen with a knack for getting him and his best friend and loyal sidekick, Tony, into loads of trouble. From escaping the clutches of doctors on a gurney, to outrunning the evil Devin in the canyon, survivng a deadly mine shaft fall, and cliff jumping onto coal trains, these boys were constantly toeing the edge of disaster. And while only being 12 years old, these scenes still felt completely realistic to the reader, partly due to the hilarious banter between the boys. Some of their dialogue, such as the meaining of hypodermic, will make you laugh out loud.

Although geared toward a younger reader, Kevin's Point of View can be enjoyed by everyone. I was pleasantly surprised with how invested and satisfied I was with this story. The plot is well written so that there aren't and dragging or unnecessary moments and the diaglogue is witty and fun. Its heart pumping action from start to finish and will leave you rooting for Kevin Tobin all the way. All of the characters, from Keving and Tony, to Scratch the comic relief and Devin the evil mastermind jump of the pages they are so well developed. I could honestly see this being the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid blockbuster for young boys and would wholeheartedly recommend the older audience to see it as well.


  1. Oh my gosh, this book sounds absolutely HILARIOUS!! The cover made me laugh so much! x) I actually adore reading books geared towards younger readers, and the way you describe it makes it sound like such a blast!

    Awesome review, Kristan! <3 I'm really glad you enjoyed this one -- I definitely think I will too! The next time I'm looking for a fun and action-packed book, I'll definitely think of this one! ;)

  2. So good! I've this one on my TBR pile and hope to get to it soon. Thanks for sharing the review!

    Ron @ Stories of my life