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Man Down by James Goodhand
Man Down is a young adult book that came out on the 3rd of March, 2022. It was published by Penguin, and despite the paperback being 400 pages, Man Down is a very quick read.
I’m struggling to write a review that doesn’t contain too many spoilers, so if you want to avoid any chance of those I recommend you just read the blurb and buy the book! I’m leaving it a solid 4 stars!
Will Parks, our main character is getting really odd messages. The messages help his friends and family avoid some really catastrophic situations; although it’s the messages that help him get friends in the first place.
Will was an odd main, I rarely remember reading about a character who was this non-confrontational. I also had to remind myself to not judge him at a point; after all, he is a child. I shouldn’t sit there and think that as a dude he needs to be more aggressive, when I know I’m still not expected to be.
But I also loved how the messages helped him grow a bit and come into his own. Will is shown to be a talented, likable person, who struggled and got caught up in his own head with people around him who were so much more out there. Will is able to save that girl, which had nothing to do with the messages, but a lot to do with his quick thinking.
I didn’t see the twist of who the messages were coming from until close to the end, and even then I wasn’t a hundred percent sure, which I liked. I also love that he does get a chance to do it all over.
If Will was real, I’d like to tell him I’m rooting for him.
#QuestionoftheDay: What was the last book you read as part of a book tour?
Blurb for Man Down
Will Parks needs to man up.
A man stands. A man fights. A man bleeds .
These are the first lessons you learn in a town where girls are objects, words are weak and fists do the talking.
Will’s more at home in the classroom than the gym, and the most important woman in his life is his gran. So how can a boy who’s always backed away from a fight become the hero who saves the day?
Because a disaster is coming. One that Will can prevent. But only if he learns the most important lesson of all: sometimes to step up, you have to man down.
A searingly powerful exploration of toxic masculinity, perfect for fans of Juno Dawson or They Both Die at the End