With Evan away for yet another summer the voice is getting louder - until a chance meeting that will change the course of Sebastian's entire summer. Aneesa is new to the neighbourhood, someone who doesn't know his past and what happened, someone he can relax around without worrying about those looks. Her family is a breath of normality, a family life that he never quite had because of the gun and the death, and his own family falling apart. Aneesa doesn't expect anything of him, Sebastian can be himself, and it is a liberating thing. Best of all, being with Aneesa quiets the voice in his head, makes him think that their can be a future for him after all.
Bang is an amazing book, not just because it tackles two very emotive topics with style and grace (suicide and the Muslim community), but also because Barry Lyga has once again created a book that is perfectly balanced with a beginning that sucks you in, a middle that keeps you hooked, and an ending that leaves you saying "wow". Right up until the end I didn't know what was going to happen with Sebastian, whether he would commit suicide or not, and by the last page I realised I didn't feel let down either way - if he lived it wasn't 'happily ever after' and if he died then it wasn't a 'predictable ending' either. Lyga has taken a young man and allowed you to see inside his head and his heart as he goes through the motions of living a life he no longer wants to live, and you get to experience some of the pain and anguish along with him.
If you like this book then try:
- I hunt killers by Barry Lyga
- The naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- The murder complex by Lindsay Cummings
- The Christopher killer by Alane Ferguson
- Feral by Holly Schindler
- Dead to you by Lisa McMann
Reviewed by Brilla