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I chose this book simply because it was a "Quick Read" and it's about war, and I personally enjoy reading war books. It's based on a true story - infact, it's all about Andy McNab himself - the best selling author for war books.
The book's image isn't full of colour. It's colours are quite neutral, but then again, it's a war book not a romance book so there's no need for Barbie pink and flowers. The image is a soldier sitting on a few steps at the side of the wall reading a book (one of Andy McNab's I've noticed, and it fits well with the story - how clever). The Quick Read logo with the Galaxy sponser is on the lower right hand side and doesn't ruin the image or down grades the book at all.
This story is about Andy McNab's life growing up with a rough patch here and a rough patch there. Life was pretty tough for this lad as he strongly believes that people in the world doesn't seem to care and that's why he doesn't care.
But when he ends up in juvenile detention, or detention for youths, things start to change. Seeds were planted as soon as the Army arrived and asked the lads if any one of them fancied joining them.
But with the reading ability of an eleven year old, that was not to drag him down. No. After training hard by running around in fields, marching, practicing drills and getting perfection for inspection, Andy soon starts to realize everything is done for a reason. And he starts to enjoy the Army life. Then one day his corporal had led his group to the Army Educational Centre where they learn the most inspirational quote to encourage people like Andy at this time of his life -
" You're not thick, you're just not educated yet. The only reason you can't read is because you don't read. But from today everything changes. "
This is where the journey truely begins as life as a soldier for Andy and this motto encourages him to aim high in life. This is where he starts to feel proud and appreciate his learning he's been given. And how and what roles in the army he takes is up for you to read and join the journey, and explore yourself.
This book is a Quick Reads book so it's suitable for majority of reading abilities, it doesn't drag on and like it's stated, it's readable in a reasonable amount of time. I personally brought it for my love of war books, but I have brought this book as a gift for those who are taking exams and for those who don't feel confidence and feel hurt for being what they call "a failure". This book has inspired many people I have given it to, to take a maths course, to get back into reading, and most importantly, not to give up on their main goals and ambitions they have in life. It makes a great gift.
This book only costs £1 and the amount of times I've read it and learned something new everytime I read it, I believe it's worth the money. I brought mine from WHSmiths, but you should be able to buy from Waterstones too. If you can't find it in store you can always buy it from Quick Reads directly at www.quickreads.org.uk