Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession is a fabulous book for older children and provides a great insight into the mind of a young lad just starting sixth form. Josh, the main character, has four obsessions in his life, his ferret Ozzy, heavy metal, smoky bacon crisps and getting a tattoo. As you would expect starting college is a big deal to Josh and his mates and ultimately it’s his rock obsession that gets him through.
Worried about not making any new friends Josh starts talking music over a chemistry experiment and discovers Lloyd, his partner for the class, plays the bass so they decide to start a band. Josh ropes his other mates into the band none of which have any musical ability whatsoever. Josh’s father, Ned, and his mother are separated and Ned offers his flat for the boys to practice even providing a drum kit. There follows several hilarious chapters of band practice working up to a gig at their New Year’s Eve party.
Whilst very funny the book covers some serious subjects including divorce, discovering sexuality and finding out his mum has cancer. His crisp obsession also becomes a serious worry to him. Each subject is seen through the eyes of a teenager and is well written hitting the subject matter just right for the age group. Josh’s obsession with getting a tattoo is also prominent throughout the book even though he is not yet eighteen. You will need to read the book to find out whether he actually gets one or not.
I really enjoyed this book and even though I may be of an older age than the book is aimed at the humour and characters drew me in. It certainly took me back in time to those awkward days of being a young adult so I’m 100% sure that any teenage would love this book. In fact it would make an ideal Christmas present.
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession comes highly recommended.
RRP: £6.99 (paperback) / £5.49 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.