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At only sixteen Clem's world is turned upside down. His Willy-Loman-like father, a travelling salesman and a loser, is transferred from Eastbourne to Glasgow and along with him go Clem and his meek accommodating mother. But Glasgow is rough and Clem's posh English accent is not well-accepted in the sink school he attends. And he's a brilliant scholar. He soon becomes the tAt only sixteen Clem's world is turned upside down. His Willy-Loman-like father, a travelling salesman and a loser, is transferred from Eastbourne to Glasgow and along with him go Clem and his meek accommodating mother. But Glasgow is rough and Clem's posh English accent is not well-accepted in the sink school he attends. And he's a brilliant scholar. He soon becomes the target for McEvoy's group of thugs for whom slashing faces is the most important ambition in their depraved lives.When a school tragedy happens, you probably lay the blame on society, the Internet, TV or violent films. Not many of you think it could be the parents' or the teachers' fault, do you? But then, is it? We all have our say, spout off opinions in different directions according to our view of the world. In this novel, too, they all have their say, but who's right?...

Title : The Boy Who Made it Rain
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ISBN : 9781907230196
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Boy Who Made it Rain Reviews

  • Elspeth
    2019-06-21 15:20

    I don't know what to say, the ending just plain sucked. Up until the ending, it was a two star book. It was kind of interesting, a different spin with different people talking about an event that happened.So yeah I was curious about what was going to happen, it was a slow build to the climax of of what really happened at the school.Then you get to what happens, then it just ends.What. The. Fuck.It just ends, so you don't know the consequences are, so yeah this book wasn't for me.

  • Fran
    2019-05-27 13:00

    The Boy Who Made It RainReviewed by Fran LewisFrom the rich school he attended to the change to a poorer area Clem learns the true meaning of abuse, prejudice, bullying and discrimination. From being treated as a unique and pleasant young man to being mistreated and beaten by a group of boys who enjoy hurting others The Boy Who Made It Rain really gives the reader much pause for thought as you hear the voice of the characters as they relate their impressions, encounters and observations about Clem Curran. As you listen to the voices and read the narrations you will form your own opinions about each of the primary players in this novel and decide for yourself who was truly the cause of what happens and why. As the story opens we learn that the book is divided into two unique and separate parts. The first introduces the characters or main players who relate their feelings, initial experiences and observations of our main character Clem Curran. Continued by describing their first meetings with him, how they interacted with him in school, their rivalries, their teacher’s relationship with him and their jealousies and more. Clem Curran is a brilliant scholar who loves English, Shakespeare and languages. There are many who do not understand much of what he does. The author begins by introducing the reader to Rosie who is definitely smitten with Clem. After reading how she describes him her observation of his looks, and how excited she was to be paired with him in Italian class you can tell she fancies him. Next, Classy Cora, her friend and yet rival for Clem’s attention and affection. Stating that he is boring and too into reading and books and not really her type. But, that remains to be seen. Next, we meet Paula Croal, the teacher who Rosie feels is too friendly to Clem yet not in the words of the teacher when we meet her. Ms. Croal is new to teaching and describes her feelings for Cora, Rosie and Clem quite differently and feels that Cora is the wrong friend for Rosie. Each character creates his/her own picture and character analysis of Clem. What is really unique is that they are all different viewed from the perspective of the individual characters and how they feel they interacted with him while he attended the school in Scotland. Meeting Mr. Cunningham the head of the English Department is quite enlightening as he relates his views and opinions about each of the characters thus far and states that Cora in her slovenly way should drop out and go to beauty school, Rosie has a dark side and looks rather torn between death and the real world and Ms. Croal seems to emulate the lower end of the spectrum in dress but not in her ability to interact with the students and get the job done. Continuing we hear from Rosie’s mom who has her own take on her daughter’s friendship with Cora and hopes for her future. Hoping that her relationship with Clem will stay on an even keel but things change and she soon learns that Clem will be moving to England and what happens may affect Rosie greatly. The author continues with Mr. Cunningham describing Clem’s parents and his impression of them and how he wishes his education would not be interrupted at such a crucial juncture. But, the worst has yet to come since the move and the damage awaits poor Clem when he arrives in Glasgow and enters his new school. Trying to be invisible, staying to himself and not directly looking at anyone in eyes seemed to be the way to go until it was not. What that means you will learn as my review continues for The Boy Who Made It Rain an innovative novel that will keep you glued to the story until you turn the last page and learn the final outcome. Basically told in narrative form hearing the thoughts and voices of each character author Brian Conaghan has written a really unique novel about a young man named Clem whose only interest in life is to become a success. Rosie’s mom voices her concerns about her friendship with Clem and how it started, where she thought it might go and the end result when Rosie finds out he is leaving and returning to England. Next, we have Rosie herself who spies on Clem and Ms. Croal whose behavior with him was anything but appropriate. Cora weighs in next as her best friend and we hear the concerns of Mr. Cunningham about Clem, his moving and his parents. Finally, we are now at part two where Clem’s voice will be heard and what happens next will surprise the reader. Invisibility is all that Clem wanted. Searching for his own identity and living in a place he despised, hated and felt like an outcast in. With parents who did not really understand his isolated feelings and a father whose concern seemed only on his new job, Clem felt all alone except for Rosie, who he felt safe with yet did not really trust. As we hear his voice and he recounts the events that lead up to the dramatic ending, we learn about his first impressions of Rosie and what attracted him to her and the tenement where he will have to live. But, nothing is more horrific than the school he attends, the teens that are prejudice against him because he is different in too many ways. Commenting on his appearance, accent, intelligence and more he was a prime target for the NED’s a gang that prided themselves on slashing anyone that they felt was inferior to them or just plain different from them. Teenagers face many difficult things not just in Scotland but here in America too. Bullying is not unique to one place it seems like a universal problem. But the teachers in this school, although aware of the issues involving these NED’s and smokers they could only give advice which was fourfold to anyone experiencing the wrath of these gangs. Rumors fly and Rosie and Clem both realize that listening to thoughts and words of others will only ruin the good that they have between them. But, then something happens and Clem snaps and disappears roaming the town for two days after suffering at the hand of one of the gang members. What happens when someone can’t take it anymore? What happens when you want to protect someone you care about but lose control or sight of what is real and not? What happens when the world fades and you just see what you want to see and the end result is not what you expect? As Clem faces his worst nightmare the reader will finally understand how far someone will go to protect someone they care about. The twist at the end will surprise the reader and the outcome will give you much pause for thought. As Clem finds his voice and decides what he needs to do he realizes that the end result is “ He Made It Rain.” Just how he created this water and who received the end result you will have to find out for yourself as the rain we are talking comes pouring out as Clem tries to protect his world, his point of view, his respect for himself, his dignity and his fear of what comes next. This is a unique book told from many different viewpoints. As we hear Clem’s thoughts and his voice comes through you can feel the frustration, fears, the anger and the disappointment faced by a young man who just wanted to succeed in school, mind his own business and stay invisible under the umbrella and not let the rain come down too hard. Author Brian Conaghan brings to light the issue of bullying, class issues, prejudice and the difficulties teens face growing up in any society or country today. Hearing the voices of the characters and getting to understand them up-close and personal makes the book come alive and the characters real. What is the final outcome for Clem you will have to decide for yourself? Only the author knows the answers to this question. Thought provoking, mind stimulating and characters with individual voices that are heard loud and clear The Boy Who Made It Rain is a must read for everyone. Fran Lewis: reviewer posted it on my facebook wall and twitter too

  • Lisa ✩☽
    2019-06-02 14:25

    Ik weet niet wat ik ervan vond. Het verhaal sleept je eerst mee en dan komt het einde en toen was ik helemaal van slag.Ik had het emotioneler verwacht en met die 'humoristische' laatste zin was het boek plots uit. Ergens vind ik het boek wel teleurstellend, zeker omdat het zo'n mooie titel heeft en het over een zwaar onderwerp (pesten) gaat.

  • Gєєятʝєє♥
    2019-05-27 18:28

    Toen ik in dit boek begon dacht ik dat dit een heel goed boek zou worden. Maar mijn mening is gedurende het boek helemaal veranderd. Het eerste stuk maakte me heel erg nieuwsgierig. Maar het stuk wat Clem vertelde verpeste het voor mij. Het taalgebruik vind ik er niet bij passen. Ook het einde vond ik heel raar. Nee, dit is geen boek voor mij.

  • Janouk
    2019-05-30 15:22

    I started reading this and ugh... I just don't like the way it's written. The personages are all stereotypes. I couldn't read further than page 60. I really, really hate it to stop reading and I hate it to don't give a book a chance, but this was really hopeless.

  • Vera Schuur
    2019-05-31 12:13

    Het leek me best wel een leuk boek toen ik er aan begon, maar de manier waarop het is geschreven is gewoon echt heel erg irritant. Ik kwam er totaal niet in, ik kon niet met de personages meeleven en het verhaal is eigenlijk gewoon een beetje raar. Ik ben niet verder gekomen dan pagina 39. Misschien te vroeg gestopt, wie weet.

  • Sally Smale
    2019-05-27 19:22

    Disturbing, tragic and devastating

  • Sarah
    2019-06-22 19:20

    3 1/2Origineel qua vertelperspectief, goede spanningsopbouw. Laat me wel een beetje beduusd achter.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-30 17:24

    En weer een boek voor mijn 2015 reading challenge: 'A book based entirely on it's cover'. Toen ik van de week in de bibliotheek was, zag ik vanuit mijn ooghoek ineens dit boek. Het stond met de kaft naar voren, waardoor deze me gelijk opviel. Ik had nog nooit van dit boek gehoord en besloot het gewoon een kans te geven, ook omdat dit natuurlijk een categorie is van mijn reading challenge!Toen ik thuis kwam heb ik dit boek gelijk gescand. Tot mijn verbazing zag ik dat slechts 1 goodreadsfriend deze had gemarkeerd als 'to read'. Voor de rest had nog niemand hem gelezen of gemarkeerd. Extra veel reden om in dit boek te beginnen! Dit boek gaat over Clem. Clem is kortgeleden vanuit Engeland naar Schotland verhuisd en start zijn laatste jaar van de middelbare school, op een nieuwe school. Op deze school loopt het allemaal net even anders en bovendien IS Clem anders. Als snel wordt hij het mikpunt van pesterijen. Tot hij er een streep onder trekt.Hoewel dit boek slechts 220 pagina's heeft, kwam ik er toch maar moeizaam doorheen. De karakters waren totaal niet herkenbaar en je kon heel moeilijk vat op ze krijgen. Het zijn vrijwel allemaal scholieren, maar toch gebruiken ze vaak moeilijke woorden, die ik zelfs nog even op moest zoeken.. Niet geloofwaardig. Toch had het boek wel potentie. Het eerste deel betreft namelijk allemaal korte hoofdstukjes, waarin het lijkt dat personen die Clem kent verhoord worden. Hierdoor heb je al snel door dat er iets heel ernstigs gebeurd is. Dit eerste deel vond ik eigenlijk ook behoorlijk interessant en apart. Deel 2 wordt verteld vanuit Clem. En hier ging het mis. Ik vond Clem niet leuk. Ik kreeg het idee dat hij alleen maar verkering nam met Rosie, omdat Rosie nu eenmaal als enige voor hem open stond. Maar, ik heb het idee dat als hij zichzelf opener op zou stellen tegenover deze Schotlanders (noem je ze zo?), dat hij dan sneller vrienden zou maken. Clem is apart en het lijkt wel of hij gewoon geen vrienden WIL maken. Het einde was teleurstellend en toch ook geloofwaardig tegelijkertijd. Ik denk dat het realiteit is (helaas), dat zulke praktijken op deze manier kunnen ontsporen. Op een gegeven moment is het simpelweg genoeg. Aan de andere kant is het te open. Je blijft met zoveel vragen zitten. Het stopt gewoon ineens.. Het moment waar je het heeeeele boek naar toe leeft en dan eindigt het zo.Dit gaf mij dan ook extra reden om het boek echt maar 2 sterren te geven.

  • Soma Rostam
    2019-06-13 12:28

    The first thing that got my attention was the blurb of this book, I quite liked it, so decided to read it. I haven't heard of the author before, so it was a new read, and it was a very quick read too. Clem, a high school student transferred from England to Scotland, tries hard to cope with his surroundings. With his straight A's, his accent, and his looks, coping isn't as hard as he thought it would be, he gets the teachers' approval, the girls' attention, and the boys' jealousy (mostly) . But he didn't expect to end up the center target of a huge circle of bullies known as the NEDs. About half of the book is narrated by Rosie (Clem's new girlfriend), Rosie's friends, her parents, and Clem's teachers, they describe what happened during the first few weeks when Clem transferred. But their description is very mysterious, it's like the author didn't want to give anything away until the last few pages. The other half is narrated by Clem himself, as he describes his first few weeks, and the way he coped with the transfer, but honestly, I couldn't understand anything, I didn't know what was the problem they were all talking about, until I reached the last pages, then it all become clear, but I'm trying not to spoil anything! I respect the hard work of the author, the book mainly talks about bullying and its consequences. This is a very touchy subject to many teenagers these days, although I haven't personally experienced it myself.The funny part is the way a few of the characters talk, since the setting is in Scotland and author is Scottish, it's normal, but I found the way they talked very cute and pretty hard to understand, I never knew there was such a difference between the Scottish accent and English accent! Brian Conaghan has written a great tale, circling around families, and friends, it is a great read for those who have experienced bullying, or those who know someone who experienced it. The novel is a bit slow at the beginning, but as you read, the pace gets quicker. Altogether, it might be just what you were willing to read!

  • Sheli
    2019-06-06 16:00

    I requested this book from NetGalley as the blurb sounded interesting and I was interested in how it would be presented to the reader to make it stand out from other similar novels.I enjoyed reading this book and found it easy to get into. The first half of the book is told from a number of different characters’ points of view and each character’s voice comes across via a slightly different writing style. Some of the sections were partially written to be read with a Scottish accent in your mind, in a style reminiscent of Irvine Welsh. These sections didn’t work so well for me as I found that they didn’t quite live up to Welsh’s well honed talent for capturing the Glaswegian accent on paper. Some of the characters were more likeable than others. I particularly liked Rosie, but hated her friend Cora. I quite liked having a love/hate relationship with the characters as I found it made hearing their views more interesting for me as a reader.The second half of the book is dedicated to hearing Clem’s side of the story. This was my favourite half of the book and the character that I felt most invested in. As the reader I could sympathise with Clem as he adjusted to the new culture of his new area and how he was the outsider for being English and being classed as “posh”. I felt that the writer dealt well with Clem’s new relationships and also with the bullying he was experiencing. I think this is a subject which isn’t often dealt with from a boy’s point of view. One of the things that grated on me slightly about this book was that it was littered with a large number of quite random popular references from the last five years or so with no thought of how relevant they are in modern culture to teenagers today. It is only a small point, but for the sake of the longevity of the book and future readers I would have liked to be able to pin the references down to a specific period in this time of constant change.All in all an enjoyable read and I have given it 3.5 stars.

  • Adele Symonds
    2019-06-07 13:18

    This is a brilliantly written book. I read it in one sitting, I just could not put it down.It is the story of Clem - a new boy who has moved from Eastbourne to Glasgow with his parents.It is written in a narrative style with each chapter written from a defferent character's point of view. They are all writing with hindsight after a major event has occurred which the reader is left to guess about right up to the very end.The last section is Clem's own narrative telling us his thoughts, feelings and actions, from finding out he is moving right through to the magnificent climax.This book will keep you inthralled throughout. The character's are exceptionally well described and revealed through their dialogue. You definitely won't be disappointed by this book.This book is recommended for 16+ due to some graphic imagery and lots of swearing which is not inappropriate or excessive as it is used by the teenagers in an authentic way in their narratives.I would love to read more by this author.

  • Bill
    2019-06-25 13:24

    Told from different points of view, Brian Conaghan’s THE BOY WHO MADE IT RAIN, shows what happens when a boy finds himself in astrange school, the target of many other kids and as well as vicous rumors, and the resulting violence that occurs.This is no fantasy – kids can be vicious – just remember the names you used to call your friends, rumors you would here, how easy it wasto make someone a scapegoat. Of course bullying is not isolated tokids – we see it clearly in domestic and international politics on a grand scale.Brian Conaghan uses mounting suspense and an ironic ending to show us not only the consequences of violence, but its utter uselessness as well. THE BOY WHO MADE IT RAIN is a valuable, gripping read

  • Vanya D.
    2019-06-19 11:20

    I'm sorry that I cannot give an opinion of this book. Unfortunately it didn't work out for me, so I didn't even finish it.I'm not saying it was a bad book, or that the writing was bad. In fact, it was a nice writing style. What didn't work out for me was that there was no conversation. We learned of the characters through the eyes of other people. That's not the type of book I enjoy, so I decided to leave it for other people to review. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy nonetheless.

  • Gretel
    2019-06-19 12:14

    I found the book to be too fragmented to really get into. In part one with the chapters from the perspectives of different characters I found that the characters repeated each other and just regurgitated things we were just told. I thought the author tried a little too hard to be down with the kids by listing off bands every other chapter. Some of the teenage voices were convincing, but a good few weren't, like a teenager not knowing about The Smiths but knowing who John Peel is and being completely oblivious to what emo means. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • Ilse
    2019-06-25 16:00

    Het boek bestaat uit twee delen. De eerste 105 bladzijden wordt beschreven vanuit het perspectief van zeven verschillende mensen. Ze komen allemaal minstens twee keer aan bod en volgen elkaar op in willekeurige volgorde. De laatste 112 bladzijden worden vertelt vanuit Clems eigen perspectief.Lees de hele de recensie op:

  • Kenneth
    2019-06-18 18:15

    Being an old fogey I know this Young Adult book was not written for me. However, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it but I did. The first part of the book was hard going for me. It is written like a series of talking heads. This method would probably work well in a TV documentary, but in book form I found it confusing.The second part of the book is told from Clems point of view and this is where the story really gets going. In fact it demands to be read. I couldn't put it down

  • Maggie
    2019-06-01 19:22

    Advance copy from NetGalleysI'm not sure if this book is going to appeal to many high school readers. I think there are those who will read it and really like it and will promote it on their own. However, there are many British slang terms and expressions that I believe will make it difficult for some of our readers. I think it would be a good book to recommend to the psychology classes and could lend itself to some great discussions.

  • Kim Landwer
    2019-06-23 14:13

    intrigerend, een boek dat je tijdens het lezen steeds laat nadenken!Wil je weten wat ik verder van dit boek vond, lees dan mijn recensie op mijn blog.

  • Hannah Wingfield
    2019-05-30 13:13

    Click here to read my full review, on my book blog.

  • Yuthika
    2019-06-03 13:20

    Very well written! The narrative and the emotions are properly woven.. The allusions to Willy Loman just enhanced this reading experience for me!

  • Neil
    2019-05-28 16:28

    Different. Enjoyed the way it was read from the first person from all the involved parties. Liked the style.

  • Johanna
    2019-06-14 17:12

    A good read about victimisation.