MU Mini Review - Boo by Neil Smith

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This is the first novel from Canadian author Neil Smith. He wrote a short story collection long ago called Bang Crunch and it was extremely well received. I actually saw him when I was 16 at the writers festival in Vancouver and was into his work even then. Boo is a weird book. It’s sciencey. It vaguely reminds me of Douglas Coupland.

Smith is a fantastic storyteller and the originality and creativity he displays are really not paralleled these days. This book is about a young boy, probably on the autism spectrum, who didn’t fit in at school. From heaven, he tries to unravel the circumstances that led to his death. Never campy, which is odd for a book featuring almost exclusively 13-year-old characters, Boo is an excellent read.

 

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