Today isn’t just another Friday, it’s the release day of Oskar Blows a Gasket by Claire Davis and Al Stewart.
Now, if you’ve read anything by this duo you know you’re in for a ride, this time to the tunes of Duran Duran, A-Ha and other bands from the 80s. What did you expect when one of the main characters is the secret love child of Simon Le Bon – no it’s true, it’s such big secret, not even Simon himself knows it LOL.
Oskar Braithwaite is a sassy kid who wears his makeup as armour and spins his lies like a pro – everything is better than the reality, right? There were so many times I wanted to strangle Oskar because while I started out really feeling for the kid (he has a lot of baggage to carry around), he is just plain mean at times. And I know he’s just a kid, but I couldn’t quite forgive for how he treated Bear.
Bear is the sweetest person, but the lies Oskar is making up aren’t far from Bear’s reality. Not that he wants the attention, all he wasn’t is Oskar.
I love the language and the character development in this story, both Oskar and Bear come out different from how they started – they are stronger, more mature, and in love. I’ve read all Davis & Stewart books, most of them make me cry rivers, this one didn’t, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an emotional read. Neither Oskar nor Bear has had an easy life, and sometimes you have to do what you have to do to survive…and if that means that you have to pretend you’re Simon Le Bon’s kid, then so be it.
Don’t miss it, it’s…. Bodacious!
Armed with designer backpack full of make-up and retro music galore, Oskar sets off for college. And, with attitude even spikier than his heels, nothing is going to hold him back. Except maybe one thing…his past is shouting louder than the 80s songs he adores and it won’t be ignored. Behind the effervescence are secrets, lies and sadness. Try as he might, not even Oskar can hide forever, and one day it isn’t only pop icon Simon Le Bon who’s going to catch up.
Who is writing letters? And why is a spy secretly following?
Enter Bear, with dancing eyes and secrets of his own. Bear’s kindness sparkles brighter than Lycra leggings, and everyone knows Oskar loves shiny things. Like every prophecy, their fates seem inevitably linked. As the walls of Oskar’s defence crumble, Bear shows his hidden strength, but will it be enough to save them?
Find out in this far-out, zany tale of fame, first love and retro DJs.
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