In Moo Nelson's life it rains every day - a constant rain of spite and derision - and every day he walks through it all with his eyes down, wishing things were different. But knowing they're not. His only refuge is the bridge, where he spends his time thinking and dreaming and watching the world go by. Until the night he witnesses a car-chase - ...Read MoreIn Moo Nelson's life it rains every day - a constant rain of spite and derision - and every day he walks through it all with his eyes down, wishing things were different. But knowing they're not. His only refuge is the bridge, where he spends his time thinking and dreaming and watching the world go by. Until the night he witnesses a car-chase - and a murder...Or does he? What is the truth, and who is it for? The police? The gangsters? The lawyers? The bullies at school? Moo must decide: between truth and lies, loneliness and loyalty, weakness and strength. And he must do it soon...Kissing the Rain is a story about the unique confusions of being a teenager: the turmoil of emotions, the complexity of relationships, the inner world of feelings, and how to express them. More than anything, though, the story is Moo Nelson - his mind, his body, his words, his truthRead Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-03-21 In what PW called a "gritty and gripping noir novel," the 15-year-old narrator contemplates a mysterious deed he is to perform the next day, and he whiles away the hours by recalling the complicated chain of events that has led him to this moment. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-02-16 Brooks's gritty and gripping third novel shares the noir style of his first book, Martyn Pig and also demonstrates the author's range. Here the attention-grabbing first- person narrative unspools as a funky, impressionistic hybrid of stream-of-consciousness and instant-messaging slang ("I dunno what it is-hate, monsterosity, badness-but whatever it is, whatever he's got, he wants to take it out on me"). The style may not be to everyone's taste, but it allows readers to get inside the head of 15-year-old narrator Mike "Moo" Nelson. The book opens on the night before Moo is due to perform a mysterious deed (which is revealed only at the novel's end) as he whiles away the hours by recalling the complicated chain of events that has led him to this moment. Overweight and nearly friendless, the teen has always sought solace on a bridge overlooking the local motorway. Then one night Moo witnesses what seems to be a road-rage incident, culminating in murder. The good news is that being a key witness in a police investigation earns Moo a respite from his classmates' bullying. The bad news is it places him dead center between two powerful forces: a police detective with a shady agenda and a hardened criminal who will do whatever it takes to avoid prison. To his credit, Brooks provides no quick and easy answers here, no sudden character transformations, and no miraculous weight-loss makeovers. But some readers will be disappointed by an ending that leaves to readers' imaginations just how far Moo has evolved. The book's ambiguous conclusion does leave open, however, the possibility that-for better or for worse-Moo may be ready to stop simply enduring events and take an active hand in them instead. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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