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When a mysterious gunman takes a class hostage, the rest of Mia's school is evacuated. But Mia is determined to stay behind. She knows it's a life or death situation but there's something she fears more than dying. Mia thinks she might know who the gunman is, and, if she's right, then she may be the only one who can save her schoolmates......

Title : Bang, Bang, You're Dead!
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ISBN : 9780552560436
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Bang, Bang, You're Dead! Reviews

  • Brina
    2018-12-12 11:37

    Amoklauf - ein Thema, das leider immer wieder in aller Munde ist. Kein Wunder, dass es hierzu viele Bücher gibt, die das traurige Thema behandeln. Als gute Bücher sind hier u.a. "Die Hassliste" und "19 Minuten" zu nennen.Narinder Dhami hat mich mit "Böser Bruder, toter Bruder" sehr berührt. Die Geschichte von Mia und ihrem Zwillingsbruder wird eindringlich und hochsensibel geschildert und ich wurde trotz der traurigen Thematik gut unterhalten. Die Autorin hat einen wunderbar flüssigen Schreibstil, der unter die Haut geht und leicht zu lesen ist. Die Geschichte wird in der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart erzählt. Während in der Vergangenheit die Kindheit von Mia und ihrem Zwillingsbruder genau unter die Lupe genommen wird und die Familiensituation auf sehr schockierende Art und Weise geschildert wird, wird die Gegenwart sehr düster und spannend erzählt.Interessant ist der Grund für das Geschehene. Die Mutter leidet unter Depressionen und Kaufsucht, lässt ihre Stimmungsschwankungen hauptsächlich an Mia aus und will sich von Ärzten oder ihren Mitmenschen trotz vieler Bemühungen nicht helfen lassen. Für Mia, die als sensibel und in sich gekehrt gilt, ist dies nicht leicht, vor allem, weil sich ihr Bruder immer mehr von ihr abkapselt und sie auf sich alleine gestellt ist. Ihr Leben ist alles andere als einfach, sie wird von der Hälfte ihrer Mitschüler ignoriert, von anderen gemobbt und mit Bree hat sie nur eine einzige Freundin. Jamie ist ihr stellenweise sehr ähnlich, was Zurückhaltung und Einzelgängerdasein angeht, andererseits wirkt er oftmals gefährlich und eiskalt.Da sich Jamie am Tag des Amoklaufs in die Richtung des Nebengebäudes bewegt, befürchtet Mia, dass Jamie für den Amoklauf verantwortlich ist und begibt sich auf die Suche nach dem Amokläufer und der Klasse 9b, die vom Täter festgehalten wird. Ihre Vorgehensweise ist hierbei sehr mutig und gefährlich, stellenweise ging mir dies jedoch alles zu glatt. Zwar erlebt sie die ein oder andere brisante Situation, aber in Gefahr gerät sie dabei so gut wie nie, was auf mich etwas unglaubwürdig gewirkt hat.Sehr gut gefallen haben mir während der Suche allerdings ihre Gedanken und Gefühle. Zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben schöpft sie Mut und wirkt nicht mehr wie das kleine zierliche Mädchen, dass sich nichts zutraut.Das Ende hat mich verwundert und gleichzeitig geschockt. Während der Geschichte habe ich eher damit gerechnet, dass das Ende recht vorhersehbar und schnell gehen wird, doch dann kam für mich der Schock, denn es kommt alles anders. Die Autorin hat hier ein großartiges Ende geschaffen, dass das Buch so besonders und einzigartig macht. Insgesamt hat mir "Böser Bruder, toter Bruder" unglaublich gut gefallen. Die Autorin hat ein beeindruckendes Buch geschrieben, dass sicherlich nicht nur für Jugendliche geeignet ist und jeden von uns etwas angeht. Gänsehautgarantie und absolut empfehlenswert!

  • Angela
    2018-11-23 13:26

    I was really disappointed with this book because it looked and sounded so promising, and had been on my 'to-read' list for quite a while.The premise of the novel is intriguing; a mysterious gunman takes a class hostage in a British school. Yes, it's been done before but I thought as it's based in Britain it might add something different to the tale. I was wrong. The to-ing and fro-ing between past and present events is extremely distracting (and quite frankly, annoying) and I felt didn't really serve much in the story as a whole, though it does perhaps give a good example of the amatuerish style of writing from the author. Mia, the protagonist, was so whiney and pathetic that it was a struggle for me to actually finish the novel! This novel had such great potential but was let down on so many levels. The story would have been good if there was more character development, especially with secondary characters, and if more evident research by Dhami had been depicted effectively regarding mental illness(es).Overall, disappointing. It's certainly no 'Hey Nostradamus!' by Douglas Coupland, let's put it that way.

  • Jayne
    2018-11-28 13:26

    After a bad couple of weeks of poor reading, this came as a welcome relief. From the first page we are captured and engrossed. Mia is a good characterwith whom we can empathise/sympathise without pitying her.Themes of neglect through familial mental illness, bullying, and how beauracracy, ignorance, and not listening push levels of frustrationinto madness.

  • Jezebelle Creek
    2018-12-13 17:37

    The ending was trash. Horrendously bad. Thought it was going to be good at first but very disapointing.

  • Simon
    2018-11-28 10:25

    A book about a gunman taking a class hostage in Great Britain. You don't get stories like this everyday, though British Youth are known for their rebellious nature and wild sides. I enjoyed the journey this protagonist went through and who she was a character. The whole depiction of her sibling as if they were actually with her was a really reassuring thing that added tensions and hopes. Then to learn that they were actually a ghostly apparition because in the present time of the plot they were no longer living, it was a blow to the readers just as it must have been for the main character. As for the shooter, his motives were unclear until later explained in the end of the book and they seemed semi-reasonable for any man as unreasonable enough to walk into a school with a gun. I wonder how his girlfriend felt about the whole thing and what she thinks of the guy now. I wonder how the whole ordeal would affect the lives of all involved and what it means for the future of school safety and gun controls in this fictional world based on our own entire real life reality.

  • Bev
    2018-11-21 11:40

    This was a bit odd. I really felt for Mia and was worrying about Jamie right along with her, but then the ending went in a direction that I wasn't expecting and I wasn't sure what to think. The "twist" was a bit too abrupt and it felt like there wasn't enough time left to handle it properly. The mum's bipolar disease is handled well though.

  • Stefennie
    2018-11-22 12:30

    An easy quick read with a great twist

  • Brian Spuy
    2018-12-09 17:18

    A well written and at times quite tense little thriller, with a very surprising twist near the end. Well, at least I didn't see it coming.

  • Ari
    2018-11-21 14:40

    The ending is way too short. The author drops a bombshell on us and then leaves us hanging. Sure everything is resolved and there's going to be progress in the future but I needed more explanation. How did the mother react? And what's up with Leo? I also felt that the secondary characters were underdeveloped. Mia keeps mostly to herself but she has one friend, Bree. Bree serves only to express a bit of concern over Mia, she never becomes her own character. Same with the typical mean girl, I couldn't even recall her name after I finished the book (her name is Kat). Jamie does have more development, probably because he's Mia's twin. The book starts off slow as well and I have to admit, I finished this book still not liking Mia.This is definitely a book you'll want to re-read it if only to piece together clues that hinted at the ending. Mia's mother is bipolar and I thought her illness was excellently portrayed, she's reluctant to receive treatment, one minute she's high as a kite, the next she can't leave her room. This is very trying for Mia (and Jamie) and I found their reactions to be authentic to teenagers. (view spoiler)[OK so what happened?! Mia has a split personality but I wanted to see that storyline developed a lot more. Not just in one quick chapter. I think that chapter was well written, I could practically hear the panic rising in Mia's voice as she grew angry at her therapist as she worked out her split personality. Yet I wanted to know how Mia's mom would take the diagnosis (is that even the right word?), would this send her into a downward spiral? Such a great plot twist though, I would even describe it as epic. Mia/Jamie weren't behind the shooting, but I totally thought Jamie would be.(hide spoiler)]Bang, Bang You're Dead has one of the best plot twists I've ever heard, unfortunately the ending is rushed thereby taking away from what could have been a truly great ending. I love that this book features mental illness, I think the topic was handled respectfully. There's little humor in this book, just some very dry lines such as (upon watching her classmates scurry to leave the building) "[o]ne single mass of pure blind fear, everyone alike, teachers and pupils. No one cares about looking cool when they might be staring death in the face." (pg. 32). That line isn't even funny, but for some reason it caused me to smirk. A point is made in the book that school shooting are very, very uncommon in the UK. I wouldn't say they are common here, but I gather that we've had more than the UK. Good twist on a fairly-new (or at least new-to-me to read about) topic.PS If anyone has read this book, do you think Mia is biracial (as in half Asian-half white)? It's really interesting because Mia and her mother and brother are described so ambiguously. I'm not even sure how I feel about that. I presumed she was white, but since the author is biracial (half Indian-half white) I could see Mia being biracial as well

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-11-13 15:34

    Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.comMia and her twin brother have had a hard life growing up. Their sick mom only got better when their grandfather showed up and made her, but when he passes away, it gets bad again. Mia is meek and silent, trying to appease everyone without really doing anything. Jamie, on the other hand, is growing more and more angry and wants his mom to sit up and take notice. He's mad that Mia doesn't understand and wants to show her that she can't always rely on him...after all, what if one day he isn't there anymore?That's why when news hits that a gunman is in the school, Mia doesn't leave like the rest of her class. She starts to wondering: is that what Jamie was planning? Is this his way to show their mom that she needs to get better?I love to read books that deal with school shootings because they are all different in how they approach the topic. This is the main reason why I wanted to read BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD! The book is told in a back-and-forth pattern for most of the novel, with the present chapters showing Mia going through the school looking for the shooter who may or may not be her brother, Jamie. As for the other chapters, they are Mia's recollections of times that Jamie showed his anger and destructive behavior...which, all added up, give a lot of support to the idea that it really might be Jamie with the gun.I really enjoyed the chapters that showed the past, because it allowed us a look into the things we weren't privy to when first starting the book. It gives us all an idea of who Mia and Jamie are and why they would want to cause a scene. It all basically leads to their mother, who is mentally ill but won't get the help she needs. Instead, she sways between depressing can't-get-out-of-bed days and manic let's-shop-for-things-we-can't-afford days.This is a really fast book and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I should warn that some of the present chapters get a bit tedious, as you really just want Mia to figure out who the shooter is and what's happening or will happen after this.Once the moment arrives, though, it's all worth it.Believe me, this is one book that is sure to be a hit with a lot of people because it's not easy to figure out. You think you know what's going on, but in the end, do you really understand?

  • Ringo The Cat
    2018-11-17 13:25

    When I finished "Bang, bang, you're dead", I put it down with a bit of an unpleasant feeling. This had not only to do with the actual topics discussed in this book, but also with the way the topics are being dealt with by the author.We learn early on in the book that Mia has been having a difficult time since her grandfather passed away. Since he died, her mother has slipped back into her old habits of refusing to take her medication, and refusing to go to the doctor to get back on her meds. Her mother is bipolar, which causes some very uncomfortable situations that she and her brother Jaimie end up in. Mia is being bullied at school; her brother accuses her several times of not being able to stand up for herself; of dealing with her mother in the wrong way, etc. This leads to the very traumatic experience of the "school shooting", that she gets involved in and that she feels her brother Jamie is responsible for. I do not want to spoil the ending, but I do want to mention that the way the author leads us, writers, to the ending is really a bit of a miss. Not only is the ending too sudden, we also do not really get an insight in the 'after'... and with the topics that are being dealt with, that's exactly what the author should have done (again, without wanting to give away what the ending really is). Mia's mom's bipolarity is dealth with adequately enough (even though we are not shown too many of the details either), but Mia's story leaves me with a very awkard aftertaste, because of the lack of 'afterthought'. Especially when your readership are young adults and you deal with this subjectmatter, it's best to have some sort of reflection.Also, something that really bothered me in this book (or the edition I read of this book in any case), was the sloppy editing job that was done: there are still numerous spelling mistakes, which just detract from the actual story. Very unfortunate.

  • Cascading bullshits
    2018-12-05 16:30

    When I was reading the book,1. I fell asleep, few times. 2. I told my friend it would be better if it was written in her brother's POV.But then, after I woke up-falling asleep again after reading it for a few pages-I was confronted with some PLOT TWISTS bombed in my face in a quite WHAT?! way. The excitement didn't last long, but it resulted in this rating:2.8/5. I was confused........................................................................The main character, Mia is potrayed as a weak girl, who has always been bullied by girls and boys in her really-dont-sound-comfortable school. Since she is fragile mentally and physically, it is expected that there wouldn't be much thrilling tactics while she is having a hide-and-seek moment with the gunman. Maybe T've taken YA books for granted. Blame me, but aren't teenagers these day have always been potrayed as a bunch of kids who are ready for an apocalypse instead of a math exam? Mia, obviously, is boring but true. When terror hits, it's sure as hell i'm gonna be weaker than she is.I almost give up reading this, but 1. I'll feel guilty. 2. Like Mia, I wanna know what is happening to Jamie. I can't say that I've enjoyed the book because the storyline, the ideas....comes to an end hastily. There are so much more. I want so much more.

  • Dhira Vidhea
    2018-12-04 10:37

    Anticlimactic and GraveBang, Bang, You're Dead is a very dark and mysterious novel. Despite how tedious people claim this book to be, I frankly went through it in one sitting. Though, I very much agree that the writing style is not for everyone. As I read through its parts, all that I felt was an air of melancholy, which I presume is definitely not preferred by all.I do opine that there are also several factors that contribute to why I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Part of it being the right time of read, as well as the right mood. It was a Sunday evening, and I wasn't at a greatly contented mood either, and somehow both facets slightly neutralizes how depressing the book appears.Other than that, in contrary to what others have to say; I actually liked the ending as is. It was unbelievable and sad, yes; but the curiosity was able to cling to me until the next morning and i feel that it's the perfect twist for the tale in particular.Though, I blank out two stars, (3.5/5) firstly because I simply can't sympathize with Mia despite her very sympathize-able, circumstances as much as I anticipate. Also, I despise the fact that she lacks strength. She's too vulnerable and indecisive as a character; I feel like the author could've given her more aspects of strength. Moreover the plot is admittedly pretty familiar to me; which is a bit of a letdown.

  • Clarissa
    2018-12-01 14:30

    Bang Band You're Dead! reminded me a little of The Mysterious Case of the Dog in The Night-time. We get a chapter in the present, then a chapter of something else. In The Dog in the Night-time, it was random, yet interesting facts, in this book, Dhami uses the opposing chapters to flesh out the back-story. I almost gave up on the book in the first chapter. The opening of the book is slow and a bit sloppy, but soon picks up. The story focuses in on the events of one day in March when Mia's school undergoes a school shooting. Mia's mother is bipolar and leaves her and her brother Jaime to pick up the pieces. Three quarters of the way through the novel, Dhami introduces a surprising twist that leaves the readers a bit breathless. The twist was fine, the ending was not. The book felt as if it just left us in a lurch. With a book that focuses so much on mental illness, it just felt a bit incomplete. The writing was interesting, the story was fresh, but the ending left a lot be desired.

  • Kerryperichicken
    2018-12-05 17:20

    Five words to describe this book: mysterious, anticlimactic, sad, depressing, shockingThis book was a bit similar to Freeze Frame (which I also reviewed). The female protagonist's family is a mess. Her mother has psychological issues and her brother is no help. Her father left the family years ago. One morning, when the protagonist is at school, there are sudden reports of a gunman and the school is evacuated. However, the protagonist stays behind because she has a strong suspicion that the gunman is her brother, since he has been threatening to do something like this. This book was very sad and depressing for me. It weaves past and present. It follows a pattern: a chapter about the present gunman crisis, then a chapter about the past, then a chapter about the present. The glimpses of the past are sad, shocking and depressing. The protagonist's mother's issues are very sad. Like Freeze Frame, this book had a disappointing ending that I didn't quite understand. It seemed unrealistic. Overall, this is still a good book, but it only barely deserves 4 stars.

  • Megan
    2018-11-28 16:36

    This book started out great but as I read further into the book it got worse. The end of the book was just weird. I never expected that and I wasn't a fan of it. I did like how the author had every other chapter as a flashback. I found this book very sad and mysterious. I would have made Jamie an actual person and the gunman instead of that random guy. I would have made the ending longer. It was very short so it made the book very confusing. The ending didn't make much sense to me I didn't like it and I think it ruined the book. Mia was a wimpy character. I think that she could have been a little more confident and less whiny, it would have made the book more interesting. I do understand that she was getting bullied but she still could have been stronger. The title of the book makes it seem very interesting and I thought it was a proper title. This book would have been excellent if the ending was different and longer. This book was not the best for my type of reading.

  • Cookie86
    2018-12-03 10:24

    "When a mysterious gunman takes a class hostage, the rest of Mia's school is evacuated. But Mia is determined to stay behind. She knows it's a life or death situation but there's something she fears more than dying. Mia thinks she might know who the gunman is, and, if she's right, then she may be the only one who can save her schoolmates..." When reading the description of the book I was very curious to read the book and everything seem to be correct when Mia tells stories about the person who she thinks is the gunman but you will be surprised when you come closer to the end. I was really surprised by myself but thinking back of previous chaperts you can ask yourself "Why does this person appear right after a certain action?" The story is well written but the protagonist Mia is in my opinion a bit annoying. From the beginning she thinks / knows she can't handle things, is a loser, is weak etc. But that's the only negative point I have for this book.

  • Lulu
    2018-12-10 11:17

    SPOILER ALERTthis book was an amazing physoclogical thriller about twins living with their bipolar mother. it was pacy and intresting and REALISTIC. the bombshell the author drops at the end makes alot more sense atually than the 2 twins both living. at first there were little bits that didnt add up (like jamie beinng there immediatley after mia met her father). but by the end you realise mia has d.i.d or mpd as it used by be called(mutiple personality disorder). these people can hear sense and often see there alters and can have between 2 and 100s of alters. these alters are a result of a severe childhood truma( abuse, neglet, being sole carrer for sick parent etc) and the alters job is to protect the "host" but they can be angry, suisidle and rash. occasionaly these alters surface and the host often has no idea and "looses time". they end up in places and they can't remember. i hope this helps if your confused

  • Heather
    2018-12-07 11:33

    "Bang, Bang, You're Dead" is a quick, entertaining read for younger teens. The book moves from past to present through Mia's flashbacks as she races to confront the gunman thinking it's her twin brother. This is not really a crime story, instead it deals with mental illness and the effects it has on family members. Mia's mother is bipolar and the author has realistically portrayed her illness, her highs and lows, her refusal to take the medication and her extreme fear of doctors and hospitals. Mia is the sensible one in the family struggling not only to cope with her mother's fragile state but also deal with her increasingly angry and distant brother. Although the ending felt rushed, the twist at the end is clever and totally unexpected. I will definitely be looking for other books by this author.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-09 14:25

    words cant explain how much i enjoyed this book. I will admit the ending left me wanting a bit more and feeling like the book could have had more of an explanation of what really happened and why etc. but other than that everything left me on the edge of my seat, hardly putting the book down and turning the pages as fast as i possibly could. It is very fast paced and i don't know about anyone else, but i certainly did not see it going where it did. The ending was incredibly interesting and unexpected.Nothing like what i was expecting but im glad it wasnt because it was truly a great read that i would recommend to anyone and will definitely be reading again at some point in the not too distant future. All else i can say is read it, read it now.

  • Lucille
    2018-12-04 14:29

    Mia hasn't had an easy life. Her mother is a bi-polar, manic depressive, and while her grandfather was able to help out the situation, ever since his death, Mia's mum has been spiralling out of control. Times are desperate for Mia and her twin brother, Jamie, who has a history of mysterious violent events following him around, but never any proof that he did them. Mia, on the other hand, is shy and non-confrontational. That changes when she learns that there is a shooter in the school. When she thinks about conversations with Jamie, Mia fears the worst and decides to go and seek out the shooter. This book comes with a pretty decent twist at the end, although, it kind of seemed a little too soap-opera-ish for me, like it was too fake and convenient.

  • Mima
    2018-11-23 14:38

    This was definitely not what I was expecting when I picked it up. I had very low expectations for this book, as I had never heard of the author and the book didn't sound very original. I thought I knew what would happen in this book. I am delighted to say that I was completely wrong and quite surprised when I reached the end. Anybody ever read Brian Caswell's book, Double Exposure?It has a few things in common, but the thing that is a real parallel in these two books is that you can only read these once. When you have reached the end, it is almost impossible to read the book again. You cannot look at it in the same light.

  • G
    2018-11-12 11:38

    This book was depressing, and annoying, and shocking.From the first page I just couldn't help thinking "this is never going end well". Obviously, it's about a gunman holding hostages in a school. The Happily Ever Afters ran the other way when they heard this story.Annoyance set in when I realised a lot of the characters thought in the opposit way that I do. Especially the main character, Mia, and her weirldy ill mother.But even though this book was down right sad, it was amazing.The main thing I liked about the book was how I thought it was going in one direction but then it turned in the complete opposite direction when I wasn't expecting it.I loved it.

  • MJ Porteous
    2018-11-25 15:26

    My thirteen year old daughter insisted I read this before she had to return it to the school library so I did-in under an hour. Once started I couldn't put it down until I had closure-for me it was that kind of book. I enjoyed the fast, pressurised pace and was dying to know the outcome as soon as the story began. I definitely didn't foresee the end and found it shocking. At once sad, moving and triumphant. I guess my only criticism would be that it skirted over some seriously contentious issues without much in depth exploration or explanation.

  • Polly Todd
    2018-11-15 16:24

    Well, I began reading this book and it was a relatively easy read. I found it enjoyable as long as I didn't question things too closely. I did find the main character quite irritating and it was actually quite a relief to get to the end!Saying that, though, I must admit that the twist in the story was completely unexpected. The bits with the psychiatrist were a little laboured for me and I wonder whether a little less tying up of loose ends mightn't have been more satisfying.

  • Eileen
    2018-11-17 16:21

    I like how the book alternated chapters between Mia's frantic thoughts and desperate actions as she believes that her twin brother could be responsible for the school hostage drama, and past scenes from her troubled life, showing how her family background could lead to this situation. There is always the suspense on what will happen when she finally confronts the gunman, who may or may not be her brother. The twist at the end is most unexpected, and I feel it is a satisfying conclusion.

  • Scarlett Morris
    2018-12-11 09:22

    I read this book in under 2 hours and I expected it to be great. The front covber is very well good and the title is gripping, but I cannot work out if i loved it, or hated it. The storyline looks fairly predictable, but the twist makes the story good; until you read the end and realize that is probably isn't a realistic book, due to the 'ghosts', though the inherited schizophrenia and bi polar does pull the book together to make some sort of sense.

  • Dani
    2018-12-10 17:32

    The author uses bad writing to make us believe that the ending will be predictable. It wasn't. The ending was interesting but it was also poorly executed. It was an easy book and didn't take more than a few hours to read, so I would recommend it to people who need a break from more challenging books.

  • Lookman Lookman
    2018-11-13 11:25

    The book is about twins who have a mental mother. The boy twin always does bad things to anyone who hurts his sister. It was a good book - a page turner. 3.5 hours read. The book ended without any clear conclusion.

  • Toni-ann
    2018-12-12 15:31

    it was such an amazing book i absolutly loved reading it and the whole way through i thought i knew how it was going to end but it ended completly differently to anything i could hav imanaged and i loved that about this book A MUST READ :)