Genres: Young Adult
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Emily is fifteen. She feels like a ghost in her own home as her parents seem increasingly lost in their own worlds, and only has her best friend, Billy, for company.
Then Emily meets Dylan, the mysterious and gorgeous new stranger in town. With his unusual eyes and irresistible charm, she is soon smitten. But with Billy’s growing jealousy and a series of devastating family tragedies, can they last? Should they?
Dylan is hiding a powerful secret; a secret that could change Emily’s life forever.
Black eyed boy has a wonderful ‘voice’ and will certainly appeal to young adults.
Told in the first person, there is a good balance between the narrative and dialogue. I’ve only read the first few pages, but it is made very clear that there is a lot of pressure on young Emily’s shoulders. Relationships seem fraught, and to quote the synopsis, she feels ‘like a ghost in her own home.’
The few pages I read of Black eyed boy were well written and engaging. The promise of a conflict between her trusted friend, Billy, and a mysterious stranger hiding a secret sounds intriging.