Friday, 17 January 2014

Review of Tape by Steven Camden*

How are you?

Today I'm going to be reviewing 'Tape' by Steven Camden; one of the UK's most acclaimed spoken word artists whom also writes plays, teaches storytelling in schools and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. Tape is Camden's first novel, its hardback release date is 30 Jan 2014 but you can pre-order your own copy on amazon for £9.99!

''In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn't even know he exists.
In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. 

This is their story''

My thoughts

'Tape' is targeted at 13-14 year old girls yet I'm 18 and still I completely fell in love with the characters and their stories. The non-linear fleeting back and forth between Amelia's story told in the present tense and Ryan's told in the past only made for a more enjoyable, interesting read. From the very beginning, not wanting to give too much away, it's clear that Ryan and Amelia's paths will cross; but I hadn't thought it would be in such an extraordinary way.Tape is devastatingly moving, full of mystery, heartache, love and loss and not forgetting the odd giggle or two. I think what I loved most about Tape is the 90's nostalgia, familiarity of the characters stories,the relatability of the protagonists and the way in which they grow as the story progresses; despite not having it easy. It's a book that will both warm you and haunt you and it definitely deserves a special place on both mine and your bookshelves.

If you fancy giving Tape a read, you can pre-order your copy here.
What books have you been loving lately?
Until next time,

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