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3.5 

Title: Believe Me
Authors: Killham, Nina
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 291
Year: 2009
Language: English
Description: The world seen through the eyes of teenager Nic Delano, is full of questions, especially the biggest one of all - what is the meaning of life? Nic's search for something to believe in, brings him into conflict with his astrophysicist and atheist mother Lucy. As Nic is drawn to a group of devout Christians, tragedy strikes, causing Nic and Lucy to embark on a journey confronting and exploring faith and love. A powerful and moving read, whatever your age.

Comments from Groups:

An interesting mix of those who enjoyed the book and those who didn't....It did stimulate one of the most interesting discussions we have had. Paihia 003

Provoked interesting discussion. There was no real climax. Auckland 255

Overall enjoyed the book. Interesting discussion about religion. Would recommend it. Christchurch 143

We loved this book, the dialogue especially. Dunedin 015

An easy read, cleverly written with lots of different themes interwoven right throughout the novel. Dunedin 067

Categories: Fiction, Relationships, Religion

Reviews

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By: HAMIL 034 2020-04-23 10:21:52
4 
'Believe Me' was enjoyed by everyone in the group, because of its newness and freshness, its humour, its contemporary feel and its acute characterisation. It engendered lively but amicable discussion in a group with mixed beliefs. All found the publisher's notes and questions, particularly the questions, both pertinent and helpful.

By: JERV 001 2020-04-23 10:07:15
2.5 
The group was very divided. A minority liked the simplicity of language, the angle from an adolescent's perspective, and the issues it raised. The majority derided the poverty and inconsistency of the language, the stereotyping of characters, the unbelievability of various scenes, and the way one minor form of Christianity (fundamentalist evangelical) was presented as what religion is about...

By: MAST 010 2020-04-23 10:03:59
3 
We all found it to be a "good read". We felt it started very well; showed lots of promise but didn't finish as well as it began.

By: AUCK 020 2020-04-23 10:02:09
3.5 
We all enjoyed it though it is definitely young adult fiction. Amusing characters that were well drawn.

By: AKAR 002 2020-04-23 10:01:14
4 
Good notes. Very in depth discussion of what was initially deemed a 'lightweight' book! Provoked an examination of belief, truth, success, family, religion and more.

By: WELL 116 2020-04-23 09:59:34
3 
Mixed response - good discussion. Some found Nic's voice/character hilarious, while others found him unconvincing.

By: CHCH 277 2020-04-23 09:57:49
4 
Enjoyed by all. Some good writing, and lots to talk about!

By: TAUR 005 2020-04-23 09:57:03
4 
All enjoyed this book. Well put together and the different topics were all dealt with in a believable way.

By: TAKA 001 2020-04-23 09:55:20
4 
It sparked a very good discussion - as convenor, I was very careful to ask that speakers not be interrupted for the general "What did you think of the book?" round that we start with, to protect and respect each person's religious position - which enabled a very positive discussion amongst a varied belief group.

By: AUCK 037 2020-04-23 09:51:37
4 
Enjoyed by all. Good discussion with many contributions about religion, and having different views to your children, or thinking about your own childhood, and how religion was presented to you.

By: WAIHEK 002 2020-04-23 09:49:36
3 
Some people loved the humour, others felt it was too contrived and issues-driven.

By: LOWER 004 2020-04-22 16:18:45
3.5 
The group was a bit lukewarm about the book, but found the questions stimulating. We all admired Lucy's gumption. She and her husband were ill-matched, having different goals in life. But Nic was a lively narrator and a believable teen. Other characters however, were too much like "straw men", their characteristics being very stereotypical. However, many of us admitted to laughing out loud as we read.

 
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