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Spider by Linda Strachan

Publishers’ blurb

A hard-hitting, provocative novel about teenage love, loyalty and fast cars. Spider is on his last warning. If he’s caught joyriding again he’ll be sent down, no questions asked. He’s trying to stick to the straight and narrow but his girlfriend Deanna and mate Andy reckon he should risk one last run Spider is a short book with an important message: don’t take life for granted, because you never know how quickly it can end. Most of the book takes place on the night of a car crash, a crash caused by delinquent Spider and his affinity for stealing cars.

Further information

Linda Strachan’s website

10 comments on “Spider by Linda Strachan

  1. i thought the book was really good and very detailed,especially in the first few chapters explaining how the car went out of control.I would reccomend this book because I loved it!

  2. This is a fast paced and engaging page turner about four teenagers who get into a serious car crash, and specifically a boy named Spider, who seems to think he’s invincible at the start of the novel.

    Linda Strachan’s clever use of language, sometimes colloquial, is relevant to the teenage audiences she is targetting. She masters perfectly the inner thoughts and turmoils of the lead character. Important issues and themes are well considered despites its 134 pages length.

    It’s a book that both boys and girls will lap up.

  3. I thought this was a very hard hitting book, tackling a lot of big important issues. It’s a book for the more mature teenager I think. The content is very powerful. For such a short story, it really pulls a lot of big punches. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

    Chris Wilson
    Whifflet Library Supervisor

  4. I thought this was a adrenaline filled story with amazing characters and a good climax

  5. It was okay – a good piece of writing but a rubbish storyline. The everchanging fonts was irritating, the commas in Deanna’s font just looked like full stops! It kept moving from first-person to third-person. It just kept annoying me. What else I didn’t like was the story about Andy’s past. If it had been real-life it would’ve been really big, but it had no relevance to the rest of the story.

    • I found the everchanging fonts rather intriguing and it give the book an edge …………Our favourite part of the book as it made it more interesting

  6. Spider was an interesting book about a group of teenagers. Spider crashes a car and the story then shows us the consequences of the crash. I thought the book had an interesting style – it told the story from Spider, Deanna and Andy’s point of view, and also occasionally in third person. The plot was interesting and gripping.

  7. I think the novel is a page turner as you get sucked in by the storyline. The author uses different people to start each chapter i think this has added to plot of the story. This book is great for people who like fast cars. It is good how there is background about each character.

  8. Spider was a brilliant book. It felt as though you were being pulled into the story. It had a brilliant opening chapter where they are in a car. Its has a great storyline and i liked how it went from spider to Deanna to Andy. It showed you how they were feeling and what there thoughts were. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book.Spider and Deanna were talking and Deanna wanted to go on a ‘run’ but they crash the car and Spider, Andy and Deanna are taken to hospital. At the end i thought (Spoiler alert!! – Catalyst Admin).

  9. We thought Spider by Linda Strachan was ok ……not very exciting……the storyline was quite good but takes a while to know whats going on……….. We would give this book about a 5 out of 10

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