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  • Title: No Alarms
  • Author: Bernard Beckett
  • ISBN: 9781877135750
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story revolves around Sharon, who lives with her mother, Kaz, and brother Zinny Sharon s in trouble at school, hates her home life and blames the system for her failures She is in a classic downward spiral and desperate to find a way out Her escape route is through Justin, who is running a clever burglary scheme with his brother She convinces Justin to let her in oThe story revolves around Sharon, who lives with her mother, Kaz, and brother Zinny Sharon s in trouble at school, hates her home life and blames the system for her failures She is in a classic downward spiral and desperate to find a way out Her escape route is through Justin, who is running a clever burglary scheme with his brother She convinces Justin to let her in on the scam so she can make some fast money believing that money will solve all her problems Of course she is double crossed by her burglary colleagues, and finds herself in a frightening situation In a surprise ending Sharon manages to turn the tables and finally take control of things, with the help of a sympathetic teacher and unexpected friend The outstanding authenticity of Sharon s life is superbly handled Her voice is spot on, as is Kaz s, and the psychology is sound The tone is sympathetic but the author never intrudes, allowing Sharon to tell her own story, dig her own holes, and get out of them if she can There is a wonderful evocation of the mother daughter relationship all the resentment, jealousy, honesty, and downrightness as well as the fierce loyalty and love Sharon s occasional moments of maturity are well drawn too her attitude to Zinny, her insight into the way the world works It sits so uncomfortably yet believably alongside her own hopefulness and naivety about what she s doing Sharon is a classic teenager in a classic situation which few NZ writers have been able to explore with such perception.
    No Alarms The story revolves around Sharon who lives with her mother Kaz and brother Zinny Sharon s in trouble at school hates her home life and blames the system for her failures She is in a classic downwa

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    1. I mostly enjoyed this book and recommended it to some friends.Although there was relatively good characters and interesting things happened in the book, I was disappointed with the ending.This is because it leaves you hanging with so many questions SPOILER ALERT For example, we never find out whether or not Sharon repairs her relationship with her mother and moves back in, stays at school and improves her grades, continues seeing dating sleeping with and or working with Justin,and helps defend h [...]

    2. As a teenage girl i adored this book and all the teenage angst kind of books and used to read it over and over It can help to open your eyes to what happens in the world outside of your own little safe box.

    3. I found this book slitghly boring and found that it could have had a better ending and should of had a bit less to do about smoking

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