- Title: Close Your Eyes
- Author: Nicci Cloke
- ISBN: 9781471406218
- Page: 147
- Format: Paperback
Southfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques But despite the cliques, there s a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything There s the twins Aisha, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she s going to do once this year is overSouthfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques But despite the cliques, there s a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything There s the twins Aisha, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she s going to do once this year is over, and Ash, smart, quiet and observant Then there s Remy, the loudmouth, and Gemma, who s interested in college boys and getting into the crap club in town And then there s Elise the pretty one.But at the start of Year 11, when the group befriend the new boy, Elijah, things start to change The group find themselves not as close as they used to be Until one Tuesday, when the students are trapped inside the school building And one of them has a gun Close Your Eyes is the story of a school shooting which, through interviews, messages and questionable actions, asks Who is truly responsible
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3.5/3.75 starsClose Your Eyes was a fascinating and realistic portrayal of friendship and the consequences of our actions. It was successful because it did not focus on the shock or ‘thrill’ factor of a school shooting or by any means glorify or romanticise the notion but, instead, took a character-driven direction. It carefully laid out a story that explored perspective and casualty, ultimately breaking down the bonds of teen relationships and the way in which our actions can influence the [...]
Fast paced and addicting, Close Your Eyes really utilises every type of writing to make you want to keep turning the pages. I really liked the mixture of transcripts and messages amongst the third person, although this could make the narrative overly expositional. Your suspicions are led well through the book, and the plot twist was something else (should have seen in coming though) Fave character was probably Mrs. Wu. What a legend.
This book was fast-paced and addicting and I was pleasantly surprised that there managed to be some twists I wasn't expecting! I really enjoyed the mixed media format, too, and was generally interested in a story about a school shooting in the UK because, thank fully!, that's not something you read about everyday.
I read "Close Your Eyes" in one sitting - this is not the first (nor is it likely to be the last) book I have read recently that has a school shooting at the heart of it - but this one resonated, probably due to the clever plotting and emotional core of it.We follow a friendship group through the ups and downs of school life, of family, the deeper connections forming, all whilst knowing that things are not going to end well for everyone. I think what I liked most was the depth given to each of t [...]
makes me think about actual school shootings
It wasn't till I opened the first page of this book that I realized it was going to be a school shooting novel. I, however, am a fan of the school shooting novels as I find them so powerful and emotive as I am the type of person who would to reach out to the shooter and befriend them before things turned bad to the point of no return. Close Your Eyes tells the story of a group of friends at Southfield High School. There are the twins Aisha and Ash, Remy, Gemma, Elise, and Eli. Elise and Eli are [...]
Thank you to Pansing Distributors for providing me with an ARC of this book!Wow. I am completely stunned at how brilliantly this book was planned out and written.This book is set in Britain and is unique, being a thriller based on a school shooting. It's filled with so much emotional and scenes which scared me and filled me with trepidation as to who the killer was. 5 stars and I will definitely be checking out the rest of Nicci Cloke's books!I'm still shaking from the reality of this book.
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Good, not great, and while hit a few striking notes didn't have the impact it should have done. Also, no author's note at the back of the book for support? Eeek. Full review to come.
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.When I first picked up Close Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke, I didn't know just how complicated and thought-provoking this story was going to be. Nothing is as simple as it looks, and everyone sees things differently.Close Your Eyes is about a diverse group of friends, how their friendships change over the course of a year, and how those changes lead to one of them picking up a gun and taking it to school. The story is told half in retrospect, after the shooti [...]
This brutal & quite original story about a school shooting, deals with the repercussions of any sort of bullying. The story focuses on the events that lead to the horrific incident using transcripts, interviews, online conversations etc which adds to the drama & thriller aspect. Starting with the emergency call captures your attention from the very beginning.At the center of the story is a group of 6 teens with one of them being the quiet "weird" one, Elijah, who you don't know at the be [...]
This story is horrifying. It is the stuff that nightmares are made of (I had to follow it with a fluffy romance just so I could sleep). While I'm certainly showing my appreciation of the story, and the bravado of the author in tackling this tricky content, I really hated this story. Then again, I doubt that this, as a story, is one that will be loved (although it will no doubt be talked about).It really kicked a lot of goals for me, and while it did work, if I am honest I was never completely co [...]
Wow. Close Your Eyes is honestly one of the most shocking, truthful, brutal books I have ever read.I read this book in one sitting, something I haven't done since I was a kid reading fairy books. I honestly couldn't stop. Because of the constant change in dialogue, from Whatsapp messages to journal entries to first person interviews, you couldn't possibly get bored of the story. Then, between all of this was the beautiful story, written in third person but including the thoughts and feelings of [...]
I received this book in my 'Book Advent Calendar' (Spoiler alert, the calendar did not live up to my expectations) - that being said, this book went straight onto my tbr shelf because, school shootings? PEAK MY INTEREST. I don't know what it is about school shootings and apparently, it's sort of weird but I have a slight fascination with school shootings, be it in movies, documentaries or apparently now books? As out of three books I've read so far this year - two of them have featured school sh [...]
Honestly, the first half of the book took me kinda long to read. I liked the story but for some reason the names annoyed me a little. I didn‘t like how similar the names Aischa and Ash or Eli and Elise were. You can name your characters however you want, why give them such similar names?But that‘s the only negative thing I have to say about this book. I like how the book had me fooled. I defintely did not think Elise was the shooter but Elijah. And that‘s when I started reading the book mo [...]
Having read Follow Me Back and found it really disappointing, I was nervous about this book. I ended up thinking it was really, really interesting, engaging and sad, though. I enjoyed the structure (use of articles, interviews, text conversations etc.) It was great for exposition and lots of perspectives, without feeling messy or overdone.I had this strange feeling about Ash throughout. I could tell nearly immediately that he loved (or at least liked) Elijah and his subtle presence throughout th [...]
Disappointing. The multimedia approach kept me reading but the straightforward narrative parts that kind of dragged. The thing that bothered me most was that I feel like if you're going to write about school shootings then you should understand why school shootings happen. For one thing they don't really happen in the UK because there isn't a gun culture but if we can get past that the main reason I found this book frustrating was that (view spoiler)[Like rape, domestic violence, other mass shoo [...]
I received a advanced copy of this book and it really opened up my eyes. The story is set in a secondary school with a group of friends being centre of attention. The friends all have different characters there is a sport one, a quiet one, one who likes to flirt, the smart one so basically like a typical teenager group of friends. But then something dreadful happens, someone has a gun. The format of the book switches from text message style to interview style which made it more gripping for me. [...]
A book about a school shooting set in the UK, very unusual and very well done. The characters are built up gradually and as a reader you witness the tragic build up to the event itself. There is a bit of a plot twist but it's not there to shock or amaze you it's more to challenge your preconceptions I felt. Definitely a book to make you think about the long term damage that bullying can cause even if you're not the victim.
This is a pretty amazing book. Bit like a murder mystery. I read it in record time because I simply couldn't put it down! It wouldn't allow me to! Thrilling, exciting and shocking at the same time. It reminds me of We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver, but set in the UK. What you think you know, turns out to be wrong, and what you think is a subplot turns out to be something else entirely! Haha! A thoroughly enjoyable read. :-)
DNFed 100 pages in. I am still intrigued by the whole premise of 'Close Your Eyes' but the narrative just wasn't engaging enough. The multimedia narrative was the only aspect dragging me through the book, especially because the 'conventional' chapters felt bogged down my exposition/telling rather than showing. I may return to this later, especially because some of Cloke's other novels interest me, but just not right now.
This book was hard to read, but also so gripping. I read it in one sitting, and I can't remember the last time I did that. The plot was really well written and intriguing. It's told through a variety of perspectives, in diaries, interviews and regular third person narration.I enjoyed it, but I think the writing style didn't quite work for me. Without a doubt a great story with a good message.
omg this book has got to me on so many levels i feel so emotional after just finishing it. bullying friendship depression drama i am trusly touched by this amazing book. a school shooting very dark story told in such a powerful way. the characters were great and lots of twists n turns. wonderful book. also her other book follow me back was mega good too!
I read this while on holiday last year, so my comments are from memory. I'd give this a 3.5 (rounded up!) as it was a solid read with an interesting plot, decent characters and a few interesting twists. I read this after not reading This is Where It Ends (?) due to a lot of bad reviews, and wasn't disappointed.
I was really intrigued with the premise and liked the fact that the story was told through a mixture of police reports, instant messages and chapters but I couldn't connect to any of the characters and found myself reading other things instead of trying to finish.
It was a good book, but it was nothing great. Nothing that really hooked me in so much that I couldn't bare to put the book down but it was enough for me to get to the end somewhat satisfied. Great idea, I just wish it had with more punch.
In me top 5 this year
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This book was really well written especially considering the topic. The best part was that each part was told from different points of view.
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