Hair in All the Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley

Hair in All the Wrong Places: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grade, Paranormal

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What has he done?

What’s happening to him?

And what on Earth is that smell?

For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf.

Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people?

Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes!

But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead.

 

*Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

At the start of this book I didn’t really think it was for me, it just felt a little too young and too predictable, however about 40 pages in I was hooked!

This is such a different book from all the others relating to people changing into werewolves. This one describes how a young boy still has to focus on school and maintaining a normal life even though he is transforming into a werewolf.

Each of the characters are so interesting and throughout the book you are keen to know more and that need for information drives you through this book and it became a sort of thriller to find out what will happen and who the killer is. I didn’t really think that I would be so engrossed in this book and I kept thinking to myself that I would put it down at the end of the chapter however when I got to the end of the chapter I would just keep reading until eventually I got to the end of the book.

The description of the subtle changes that are occurring to Colin is amazing, yes he does turn into a werewolf however its the other changes such as having to shave every night and morning because his facial hair grows so quickly, it’s little touches like these that really made me like the book as it is stuff that you don’t see in other books and it really added to the idea of this poor boy becoming a werewolf but trying to hide it. Alongside these changes he also has to deal with the normal things that a teenage boy has to go through – school, homework, bullies and more importantly girls. How can you possibly focus on talking to girls when you’re becoming a werewolf?! The idea seems impossible however it is written into the story so brilliantly that you really do feel sorry for Colin for dealing with these various changes.

It is a really enjoyable read, yes sometimes it can feel more middle grade than YA however it does fit in either category so I can’t really knock it down for that. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and although it isn’t all fighting and attacks it still seems like there is action throughout the book.

I would definitely recommend this book and I can see it easily becoming a series as I would definitely want to read more about Colin’s adventures after he learns the full extent of his skills.

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: A brilliant read about the struggles of a young teenager transforming into a werewolf

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