Today is my stop on the blog tour for Kick the Moon and I am here today with a review of this amazing book!
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Kick the Moon Author: Muhammed Khan Publisher: Macmillan Published: 24th January 2019 Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Publisher Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary:A powerful, compelling novel from the critically-acclaimed author of I Am Thunder, about making friends, and breaking them too.
Fifteen-year-old Ilyas is under pressure from everyone: GCSE’s are looming and his teachers just won’t let up, his dad wants him to join the family business and his mates don’t care about any of it. There’s no space in Ilyas’ life to just be a teenager.
Serving detention one day, Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in Kelly Matthews, who is fed up with being pigeonholed as the good girl, and their friendship blows the social strata of high school wide open. But when Kelly catches the eye of one of the local bad boys, Imran, he decides to seduce her for a bet – and Ilyas is faced with losing the only person who understands him. Standing up to Imran puts Ilyas’ family at risk, but it’s time for him to be the superhero he draws in his comic-books, and go kick the moon.
Kick the Moon, is Muhammad Khan‘s explosive second novel, with original comic-book art from Amrit Birdi, bestselling illustrator of Username:Evie.
Upon hearing about this book, I knew it was going to be one that I wanted to have a look at and I am so glad that I decided to give it a read. It was a very important, timely read and one that I really enjoyed reading. I loved how Muhammed Khan brought important and sensitive topics to light in this book without it becoming too heavy or offensive. I truly felt for the main protagonist, Ilyas, and absolutely loved witnessing his journey of finding out who he was. Further to all of that, at the heart of this book is also a story of friendship and I cannot begin to express how much I love books about friendship. Regardless of that, the bond between Kelly and Ilyas blew me away and truly made this book that much more exciting for me. I would highly recommend this book to absolutely everyone.
The book follows Ilyas, first with a moment in year six which changed his opinion on superheroes and then to year eleven where we see how he is now part of a gang. A gang that he doesn’t feel comfortable in but needs them to protect him. Thus begins a story of how he learns to be comfortable in his own skin. It is one of pain, fear, strength and ability. Throughout the book he grows so much and I felt so connected to the character. This book is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you gasping one moment, fearing the next and then laughing and crying after that. The perfect combination of emotions that you want in a book.
Of course, what makes this character-led book so entertaining and brilliant, are the vast cast of great characters. First up is Ilyas, who is such a brilliant character to read in a book. Second is Kelly, who is described as a large red-headed girl but her story isn’t about her weight which I loved! She is a smart, talented young girl who also goes through a lot in the book and finds her own self and strength too. My third favourite character had to be Ms Mughal the maths teacher. There was just such a nice vibe from her! Every single other character was really well written and added yet another dimension to this book.
All in all, this book is one that you really don’t want to miss. On top of all of the excellent things above, it is also a story that respects religion and cultures, that talks about racism and thug life but doesn’t shove it down your face. It is a book that we need to exist so I am glad it does and I hope it helps the young generation of today learn to accept who they are – every single part of themselves. So if you’re looking for a good book to read that is quite important too, give this book a go!
About the Author
Muhammad Khan is an engineer, a secondary-school maths teacher and YA author. His critically acclaimed debut novel I Am Thunder was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Great Read Award and TSBA Book Awards, among others making him a promising voice in the YA fiction world. He lives in South London and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary’s. The end pages of Kick The Moon feature comic-strip illustrations by the No.1 bestselling comic book artists Amrit Birdi, best known for illustrating Joe Sugg’s Username: Evie series.