Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Review -- I'm Not Scared

I'm Not Scared
by Niccolo Ammaniti
Cannongate, 2001
200 pages
1% Well Read Challenge Selection #2

Summary: During a hot summer in a small town in Italy, nine year old Michele learns a secret that tears apart his childhood and the community he lives in.

Review: I'm Not Scared is part coming of age story and part morality tale. Niccolo Ammaniti writes in the head of nine year old Michele with ease and gives his characters wonderful depth. Although the plot was not as scary as I anticipated, the ending was a shock and left me wanting more. Michele is the moral center of the novel and makes the reader question what is truly right from wrong. How much courage would you have to do what is right if it meant standing up to your family and friends? A great novel that made me continue to question and think even after the last page was read, I'm Not Scared is a wonderful read. Rating: ****out of 5


Alexia said...

I really like story lines that don't end typically - I'll have to add this to my list!

Teacher/Learner said...

Have you seen the movie? It was recommended to me & was very good. I forgot that it was adapted from this book!