• Title: Exchange
  • Author: Paul Magrs
  • ISBN: 9781416916628
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Exchange United by their love of books Simon and his grandmother stumble across the Great Big Book Exchange a bookshop with a difference There they meet Kelly and her boss Terrance and the friendships they f
    United by their love of books, Simon and his grandmother stumble across the Great Big Book Exchange a bookshop with a difference There they meet Kelly and her boss, Terrance and the friendships they forge result in startling and unsettling consequences for all of them.

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    1. At first, I wasn't keen on this book - there was just something about the blurb that soundedring, I guess. But I was curious about the Great Big Book Exchange. I mean, being a book worm myself, the GBBE sounds like a kind of heaven to me - limitless books which you can chop and change whenever you like. Anyway - even though I wasn't too interested at first, it really proved me wrong. I actually got quite hooked - I wanted to find out what happened next, so I barely put it down. But in all honest [...]

    2. Such a strange book. The whole tone of it was gravid with dread, like something awful was about to happen, so I was waiting for the big reveal the whole time. Even the blurb hinted at some dark secret, and then NOTHING happened! In fact now that I think back over it the plot of this book was so mundane it's ridiculous. A boy moves in with his grandparents and bonds with his gran over love of books. They find an interesting new bookshop and make friends with the owners. A writer that the gran kne [...]

    3. This book was pleasantly entertaining, but it did not keep me riveted, on the edge of my seat, or absolutely captivated. It was a book that I could take out when I was bored, yet still not be completely immersed in it. This story is about a teenage boy whose parents die, so he has to go live with his grandparents. He and his grandma bond over their love of books, while this same love distances them from his grandfather. Over one of their town excursions they discover a place called The Great Big [...]

    4. Wow! Just wow! This book is fantastic I started off thinking this would just be pretty much a rip off of matilda, with the main character being obsessed with books. But no, the story blossomed into something amazing! The novel is told in the 3rd person, and focuses on the main protagonist, the hopelessly pessimistic Simon. A 16 year old torn apart by the death of his parents. He lives with his endlessly optimistic gran Winnie and her explosive husband ray. Every Saturday, Simon and Winnie go out [...]

    5. I'd heard some good things about this book, and I don't think it really matched up to those reviews. It was a good book - interesting, well-written - but it didn't capture me in the way that I want the books I read to. I still recommend it to everybody who has a passion for books, but it didn't really do it for me.

    6. This is the sort of book that is interesting, but no so interesting. I read this book 10 years ago, while I have forgotten most books that I have read, it surprised me that I remembered this "unimpressionable" book the most. Unimpressionable, yet so unforgettable. It's a strange treasure.

    7. Simon, a painfully shy and withdrawn teenager, struggles with day to day life after his parents’ death, now living with his elderly grandparents in a new town and attending a new school. The only thing Simon has in his life are his books, something which bonds him to his kind and wistful grandmother Winnie. When they come across the Great Big Book Exchange one day, they can both sense some long yearned-for excitement coming into their lives. With the owner Terrence and his quirky, brash young [...]

    8. I got this book several years ago, at a library clearance sale. I left it lying on my shelf for all this time, picking it up from time to time and wondering if I was in the mood for it. I never quite felt like it, even though the summary at the back was fairly inviting. A few days ago I picked it up again. I was in bed, had just finished a book, wasn't sleepy and was too lazy to get up and grab one of the books I'd borrowed from the library. So I went for a book I could reach without getting up: [...]

    9. The idea of this book was awesome, however the execution of it was alright, I feel like it was hard to connect to Simon as a character and not just because he lost his parents. To be honest I connected more to his grandma, Winnie, than him. However I did enjoy this book, but it lacked the power to really make me want to not stop reading.

    10. A book about reading books - my idea of heaven, right? - but something about this book didn't really work for me. I started off getting quite into it, but by the end I didn't really care much about any of the characters and I was a little bored by it really. Maybe I identified with the idea of a teenager who'd rather stick their head in a book than socialise with their peers, and I loved the idea of the book exchange (basically like a CEX solely for unique and interesting books), but I was disap [...]

    11. Well that was unexpected! I bought this book years ago (2007 I think) and have only just got round to reading it. It's really something special!I understand why people might not like it, not all that much happens but I loved it. It's relaxing and easy to read with believable, relatable characters from teenagers to pensioners. Simon's love for books is pretty well parallel to mine. Some of what he says about stories and characters really spoke to me.The idea of the Exchange is amazing and I want [...]

    12. Exchange is far from a literary masterpiece, but it's a nice and enjoyable story. After all, I couldn't not read a book that is all about books, could I? There are some interesting thoughts inside Simon's mind, some of them I agree with, some of them not so much. Still, they get you to think about intriguing concepts. The story starts out really slowly, but it quickly becomes more engaging. Maybe the ending is not all I wanted for Winnie, yet it seems fitting for her personality.Also a big plus [...]

    13. This is a totally different written book than that I normally read, but I liked it a lot! It somehow is full with the love of reading and I totally understand that. I haven’t as many books as Winnie has, but that is because I read a lot from the library, but I love the idea of the exchange. If it was close to me, I would visit it and get my books from there. I even would love to work there. I also like the idea of leaving books somewhere for somebody else to read which was suggested near the e [...]

    14. I was sent this book by another Bookcrosser, there is a veiled reference to Bookcrossing right at the end but the whole idea of the Book Exchange is really similar to Bookcrossing. I loved this book, I really wanted that bookshop to be a real place that I could visit. Well, to be more honest I wanted to go and live there. One of the reviewers on the cover said 'I loved every page' and I did too. I nearly didn't leave it behind on holiday because I loved it so much I wanted to keep it, but then I [...]

    15. A story about loss. About people. About stories and people and how the real world and fictional worlds divide and join us. Almost all the characters are readers, big readers, which brings them together but it can also leave them isolated. It's a simply told story, with a cosy northern setting. I was thinking of my own grandparents throughout. And, hopefully I'm not spoiling anything here, I'm glad everyone ends up as they do.

    16. The characters in this book are interesting. But the thing that got me hooked was the books. It challenged me into wanting to read so much it's crazy. It brought to mind the quote, 'So many books, so little time.' Also I now feel like reading books from lots of other undiscovered (by me) genres.

    17. A gentle tale about Simon, 16, who lost his parents in a plane crash and now lives with his grandparents. He and his grandmother bond over a shared love of reading, and discover a book exchange in a nearby town.I enjoyed this, but it's not going on my list of favourite ever books.

    18. this is such a lovely story, which influenced me more than most i've read so far. this sory of friendship takes place in a bookshop, described in such detail, it's like you're actually there. simply wonderful.

    19. Three letters: OMGHonestly one of the best books written ever. I can't explain to you how good and exciting this is. This has so much warmth and sentimentality at the same time. It is so well-written and is consistently all the way through. A recommended teen read (or adult).

    20. I wanted to like this book a lot more then I did. It just seemed to lack sometimes. And every bit about his grandfather made me feel really uncomfortable.

    21. Such a fantastic idea behind this book.I wasn't too impressed by the main protagonist at first, but I read this book when it first came out and I'm still thinking of it now, so it must be good.

    22. A boy and his Grandma regularly visit a unique type of bookstore where you exchange books instead of borrowing or buying them.

    23. I thought this was going to be a fantastic story of a magic exchange shop - but it wasn't. Quite mundane and boring everyday story.

    24. Meh. Just like any other typical "young adult" novel. Idiotic and doesn't really have much point in anything.

    25. this is one of the best YA books I've ever read. it has inspired my own writing, and I'd recommend it to anything who wants to write quality YA fiction. I loved it.

    26. I read this when I was younger, and I've been wanting to read this again for a couple of years now! I just couldn't recall the title.

    27. Disappointing. Felt rather old-fashioned. I skimmed the second half to see if anything happened!

    28. This was recommended to me, and I didn't realise it was a book geared towards teenagers. But for all that, a pleasant read, and nice to see a reference to bookcroosing in it.

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